The search is on for Cranbrook Young Citizen of the Year 2018!

PUBLISHED: 12:12 05 December 2017

Flashback: Mathilda Donnelly, 10, was the 2017 Cranbrook Young Citizen Of The Year. She won the award for picking up litter from Cranbrook Country Park and devising a poster campaign to keep the town tidy, all on her own initiative. Ref mhc 14 17TI 0597. Picture: Terry Ife

Flashback: Mathilda Donnelly, 10, was the 2017 Cranbrook Young Citizen Of The Year. She won the award for picking up litter from Cranbrook Country Park and devising a poster campaign to keep the town tidy, all on her own initiative. Ref mhc 14 17TI 0597. Picture: Terry Ife

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The search is on again for Cranbrook Young Citizen of the Year.

Launched in 2015 by the Cranbrook Herald and Cranbrook Town Council (CTC), nominations are now open for the 2018 award.

The award is given annually to the young person – or young group – who has made the biggest contribution to the Cranbrook community during the year.

As well as a trophy and certificate, the winner will receive £100. The winner will be announced next April at CTC’s Meeting of the Town.

The recipients of the 2016 award were Cranbrook Education Campus pupils Katie Coles and her friend Paige Simpson.

The 12-year-olds raised more than £100 for Cancer Awareness Day by organising fundraising events at their school.

“It was a completely selfless act and a remarkable achievement on their part,” said CTC chairman and award judge Kevin Blakey.

The recipient of the 2017 award was 10-year-old Mathilda Donnelly, a pupil from Rockbeare Primary School, who, on her own initiative, picked up litter from the Country Park and then devised a poster campaign to keep the town tidy.

“What was most impressive about Mathilda’s efforts was that they were entirely at her own initiative,” said Mr Blakey.

Now the Herald and the town council are looking for a winner for the 2018 award.

As well as Mr Blakey, the 2018 judging panel includes Andrew Coley, content editor of the Cranbrook Herald, and the Rev Lythan Nevard, minister for Cranbrook.

“We are delighted, yet again, to support the Cranbrook Young Citizen of the Year award,” said Mr Coley. “We have already had some worthy winners who were prepared to go the extra mile to help others in the community. Now we want to find more young people who do Cranbrook proud.”

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Award criteria, terms and condtions

Award nominees should be under 25 and currently live in Cranbrook. Nominees cannot nominate themselves. They need to be nominated by a named person or group living in Cranbrook. Nominators should be prepared to be named and get the permission of the nominee. Parental/guardian permission must be sought if the nominee is under 18 years of age. Previous winners of the award cannot be nominated for at least one year after they won the award.

Nominations require a 100-200 word explanation from the nominator, explaining why the nominee/s has/have been nominated. Nominations need to be submitted using the online form by 11am, Monday, March 19, 2018.

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