Spirit of London Awards 2012 finalists for the ‘Young Hero’ category.
Meet the three finalists for this year’s Spirit of London Awards ‘Young Hero’ category. The winner will be announced on December 10th, at the awards ceremony in Greenwich’s O2 Arena.
Jeremiah Emmanuel | Age: 13 | Borough: Lambeth
Jeremiah lost his father at a young age, but has been keen to play an active role in his local community. From the age of 8 he campaigned for a new local secondary school with the Nelson Mandela Foundation. By the age of 10 he was the Junior Road Safety Officer and a Sports Leader. At the age of 11 he became the Deputy Youth MYP for Lambeth, becoming one of the youngest in London. In 2012, at the age of 13 he was elected to become the Deputy Youth Mayor of Lambeth representing young people across his borough. Jeremiah aims to be a Politician when he is older.
Tottenham Song | Age: 13-16 | Borough: Haringey
Following the 2011 summer riots that started in Tottenham, which damaged the reputation of young people in the area, a group of students at Gladesmore Community School decided to change their perception of their peers. Not only did they want to combat the negative stereotypes of Tottenham’s young people but they also wanted to lift the spirits of the community that had become divided. They created a song called ‘Everybody Dreams’, which entered the charts and gained support from many well known personalities including Wretch 32, Ricky Norwood, Gareth Bale and Dame Kelly Holmes.
Sapphire Timson | Age: 12 | Borough: Croydon
Sapphire has suffered from the severest form of sickle cell since she was 6 months old. She has had pneumonia twice and suffered a acute chest syndrome which almost proved fatal. For her to live a’ normal’ life she has to have several blood transfusions and take loads of medication and chemo-therapy. She never complains and uses her spare time to volunteer selflessly to two local charities in her community: Croydon Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Support Group & African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT). She does a huge amount of fundraising and helps to raise awareness of becoming a bone marrow donor within the African community.