The hunt is on for Britain's most inspirational young people

PUBLISHED: 18:03 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:26 10 June 2010

Wednesday, August 6 - THE British Red Cross is on the look out for Britain s most inspirational young people.

THE British Red Cross is on the look out for Britain's most inspirational young people.

The annual Humanitarian Citizens' Awards celebrate the contributions made by young people to the lives of others, and the search is now underway for nominees for the 2008 awards.

The competition is open to anyone aged 25 or under, who has made a positive impact on an individual or community.

Last year's finalists included a primary school class whose campaign on child slavery triggered debate in the House of Lords, teenage volunteers who run a support group for young carers, a first aider with learning difficulties who came to his father's aid when he fell down the stairs, and King's College University students who run a homework and social club for young refugees in London.

"Ordinary young people can achieve extraordinary things and that's exactly what the Red Cross celebrates at the Humanitarian Citizen Awards (HCA)," said Frankie Hitie, from the Schools and Community Education Department for Red Cross.

"Every year we hear amazing stories from young people across the country and this year is proving to be no different, but we know there are still young people out their who deserve to be recognised and have their stories told.

"That's why we want to hear from anyone who knows a young person, or group of young people, whose actions have made a positive impact and brightened someone's life."

The HCA, unlike other award schemes, has been specially designed to allow young people to not only decide who wins, but to also enable young people themselves to decide what constitutes humanitarian acts.

Once nominations are finalised, a judging panel of young people - including previous winners, pick their top choices for the group and individual categories ahead of the awards ceremony in November.

To make a nomination for the Humanitarian Citizen Awards, you can apply online at www.redcross.org.uk/hcanominations, email the British Red Cross Schools and Community Education Department on at fhitie@redcross.org.uk, call them on 020 7877 7240 or write to:

Schools and community education department British Red Cross

44 Moorfields

London EC2Y 9AL

Nominations

Nominations close 26 September.

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