An inspiring young team who won a charity award for helping fellow young people cope with bereavement is continuing to do great things to support their peers in need.

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The Bernard Matthews Youth Awards, in association with the Eastern Daily Press, are now in their sixth year.

As well as the charity award, there are also sport, community, food and farming, arts, bravery and education categories, and each award has a £1,000 prize. They are all open to 11 to 18-year-olds living in Norfolk and Suffolk, both groups and individuals, and young people can either enter themselves or be nominated by somebody else.

There is also a Hero Award which gives young people the opportunity to recognise an adult who in their eyes is a real young people’s champion, and the prize for this award is a special trophy.

The 2014 awards winners will be revealed in a ceremony on October 28 at Open, in Norwich, and the event will feature entertainment by young performers from youth arts centre The Garage.

The closing date for BMYA entries is Friday, August 22 at 5pm. For more information visit www.bmyouthawards.com, call 01603 706566 or follow @bmyouthawards on Twitter.

Members of Norwich-based Nelson’s Journey Youth Panel scooped the charity prize in the 2013 Bernard Matthews Youth Awards, and are using their £1,000 prize to continue their commitment to supporting the Nelson’s Journey charity.

The judges were really impressed with the dedication of the team’s members and hope their story will encourage more young people to enter or be nominated for the 2014 charity award. By the time of last year’s ceremony, the panel’s work had included helping to edit new resources for bereaved children, giving interviews about the charity’s work, and creating a short film. The team is now using their prize to create a new resource to help children and young people understand the effects of death and dying.

Ezra Gentle, 15, said: “The whole Youth Panel were ecstatic that we won the award. The money has given us the opportunity to further the Youth Panel’s hopes.”

Fellow panel member, Sammy Woods, 17, said: “I am so glad that we won because we are now able to complete our plans.”

Lorna Vyse, Nelson’s Journey child bereavement support worker, said: “Everyone at Nelson’s Journey is very proud of the Youth Panel achieving this award as they give so much time and effort towards supporting the charity’s aims. They have so many amazing ideas and it is lovely to see the prize money give them the boost they need to make those ideas become a tangible resource for the benefit of others.”

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