High yopes for youth cause

SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE: Nampak MD Eric Collins, left, and Cathier Wright-Smith, right, with the young mums of Springfield House Mother and Baby Hostel, who won the second-place prize of �500 in the latest Buckinghamshire Young People of the Year for raising money for The Little Lives Appeal helping neo-natal care at Milton Keynes Hospital
SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE: Nampak MD Eric Collins, left, and Cathier Wright-Smith, right, with the young mums of Springfield House Mother and Baby Hostel, who won the second-place prize of �500 in the latest Buckinghamshire Young People of the Year for raising money for The Little Lives Appeal helping neo-natal care at Milton Keynes Hospital

COMPANIES are being asked to support a community scheme that aims to tackle the ‘bad press’ young people get.

Buckinghamshire Young People of the Year Awards – or YOPEYs – were devised by former national newspaper journalist Tony Gearing.

Nampak Plastics Europe, of Jenna Way, Interchange Park, Newport Pagnell, was a major sponsor of the 2010 drive because YOPEY’s aims fitted the company’s.

Cathie Wright-Smith, quality and organisation development director at Nampak Plastics Europe, said policy was to involve Nampak, its employees and where possible its customers, in local events and initiatives that add value to its communities, employees and to the business whether promoting its environmental agenda or supporting students with life skills.

She said: “The stories presented at the YOPEY awards are truly inspirational and it is encouraging to know that these young people will one day be working in organisations where, hopefully, their inspirational and entrepreneurial qualities will be valued.”