PM Gordon Brown backs Hertfordshire's young heroes search

PUBLISHED: 14:09 04 January 2009 | UPDATED: 21:01 26 October 2009

PM Gordon Brown and wife Sarah pictured with past winners at the Downing Street reception

PM Gordon Brown and wife Sarah pictured with past winners at the Downing Street reception

AN annual contest that recognises young unsung heroes is back - this time with top-level support. The Hertfordshire Young Person of the Year - or YOPEY - has been backed by Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Last year he held a reception at 10 Downing Street fo

AN annual contest that recognises young unsung heroes is back - this time with top-level support.

The Hertfordshire Young Person of the Year - or YOPEY - has been backed by Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Last year he held a reception at 10 Downing Street for past winners, and called the contest "a wonderful celebration of Britain's youth".

He said YOPEY, which started in Herts in 2005 and has since expanded to six counties, looks for the "kind of heroes other young people might want to become, ordinary people whose willing commitment to a cause or community has informed and inspired us".

His wife Sarah added: "Sometimes we forget the great majority of young people in Britain today are respectful and active members of their local communities.

"Whether they are running sports teams or other clubs, volunteering, being a good neighbour, or doing their bit for people less fortunate than themselves, there are thousands of young people who deserve our thanks and praise."

Organisations across Herts supporting YOPEY this time around include Roche, Hertsmere Borough Council, Hertsmere Leisure, GlaxoSmithKline, North Herts District Council, and Hertfordshire County Council.

* To nominate a young person, aged 10 to 25, who gives to others and is a positive role model log on to www.yopey.org or write to Herts YOPEY, PO Box 103, Hare Street, Ware SG9 0XD for an entry form.

Entries will close on February 28.

An awards ceremony for the best entries form the western half of the county (Welwyn Hatfield, Hertsmere, Dacorum, St Albans, Watford, and Three Rivers) will take place in the spring.

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