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Warrington Youth Club Awards
Updated 4:40pm Saturday 5th October 2013 in News
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- The first Warrington Youth Club Awards will honour youngsters in the community who have made a real difference.
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Congratulations to all the winners at the first ever WYC awards.
That's all for today but make sure you keep an eye on the website for up to date coverage of Warrington v Wigan later this evening.
Your winners ladies and gentlemen.
There isn't a dry eye in the house as Amber Walker gets up on stage to pick up her award. Congratulations Amber.
Candice Roberts' sister, Cheryl will present the award to an individual who reminds her of her late sister.
Candice used to volunteer with WYC for many years but unfortunately died on her 26th birthday after contracting a rare disease while she was travelling.
The award goes to a young girl who has overcome many hurdles in the past four years.
She has overcome emotional challenges as a result of extreme health issues, including ADHD, dyspraxia and global development delay.
In 2012, she was hospitalised for more than six months with a rare form of encephalitis, a condition that causes swelling on the brain.
At one point, the condition was so serious that she couldn't remember who her family were.
But, in spite of everything she has faced, she has battled through to become the incredible girl she is today.
The final award is the Candice Roberts Award.
The business award goes to EMR, who have provided £20,000 to ensure that the WYC can carry on with their great work.
Craig has had an incredibly journey to where he is today.
Craig said: "Two years ago my life was a mess and I did not care about anything. I was disrespecting teachers and I never listened to anyone.
"I was close to getting kicked out of school and I started hanging around with the wrong people and got involved with criminal activity."
The youngster spoke openly about his problems with cannabis and how he has now turned his life around with the help of WYC.
Craig receives the biggest applause of the ceremony so far, and a few tears too. Congratulations.
Next up is the award for personal journey, which celebrates an individual who has overcome great difficulties and issues.
And the winner is Craig Norman.
The community improvement awards goes to an organistion who have made a difference through their tireless work.
The award goes to United Utilities, who have provided help to the WYC for many years.
Juan Pujol picks up the award for volunteering. Congratulations.
The sixth award is for supportive adult in the community.
The award goes to Gary Billington, who has worked with WYC for the past two and a half years.
He also works closely with St Rocco's and provides support to groups who help youngsters with disabilities.
Tony Spruce, PCSO, is to present the next award.
"It's lovely to see this side of young people as, sometimes, we see the other side."
There's a massive round of applause as Rowan Arnold makes his way on stage to collect the art award.
Next up is the award for learning and achievement, which is presented to Molly Hunt.
Molly has completed a national citizen award and always gives 100 per cent to everything she turns her hand to.
Congratulations to Bethany Higston who has been awarded the above and beyond award.
Bethany has brought joy and lots of laughs to the hundreds of youngsters she has supported through her work with the Brownie group.
The second award is for sporting achievements, which goes to Gus Renshaw.
The award goes to Rachael Johnston for setting up social enterprise, Journey back to life, which was launched after her battle with an eating disorder.
Using her experience, she has been able to support people who are struggling with similar issues.
First award of the day is for young entrepreneur.
The awards will be co-presented by Callum and Simon, who both attend the WYC. They've only been on the stage two minutes and they already have the audience in stitches.
The WYC helps 2,000 youngsters each month, making a real difference to people's lives.
But there are no plans for the youth club to slow down anytime soon and David hopes this number will grow in the next few months.
David continues: "It upsets my how frequently I read about a youth in the newspapers who has done something negative.
"This afternoon is the chance to challenge those stories and show that there are some people who truly are roles models for their generation."
David Briggs, chief executive of the WYC, starts off by welcoming everyone to the event and offers some words of comfort...the ceremony will be finished before the Wolves match kicks off.
The guests are settling in. Lots of excitement and a few nervous faces too.
The first Warrington Youth Club Awards are about to start. Best of luck to all the nominees.
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