Teen fundraiser honoured as ‘Best Young Volunteer’

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A TEENAGER who runs a fundraising campaign to raise money for a 14-year-old girl who has cancer has been named ‘Best Young Volunteer’ at an awards ceremony.

Bradley Adams, 16, a sixth form student studying Performing Arts at Stantonbury, won the award in the East of England category at the vInspired National Awards.

He has been raising money for three-year-old Lilly MacGlashan, who suffers from neuroblastoma, since he was 14-years-old.

Bradley has organised and taken part in a number of large scale musical productions to raise money. He has even set up his own charity production company, ONIT Productions.

The youngster, from Dunstable, said: “It’s such an honour to be presented with this award.

“You don’t volunteer to get awards – knowing you’re helping people is enough motivation.

“But it’s great to know that people appreciate what I do, and I hope that this might inspire other young people to give volunteering a go.”

Chief executive of vInspired Terry Ryall described Bradley as ‘inspirational’.

Bradley said he moved to study at Stantonbury because of its excellent reputation and its close links to the community.

The annual vInspired National Awards celebrate the achievements of young volunteers and aim to challenge the negative attitudes towards young people.

The regional winners will be shortlisted to national finalists this month, with the overall winners revealed at an awards ceremony in March.