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Founder of Norfolk Young People of the Year is made an MBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Tony Gearing, the founder of Norfolk Young People of the Year, has been made an MBE. Picture: Chris Fell

Tony Gearing, the founder of Norfolk Young People of the Year, has been made an MBE. Picture: Chris Fell

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The founder of a scheme which aims to change the negative image of young people has been made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Tony Gearing, the founder of Norfolk Young People of the Year - also known as YOPEY - was recognised for services to young people in the UK.

The scheme helps to make young people role models for others to copy.

Mr Gearing said: “I haven’t achieved this alone. This MBE is for all the young people who have taken part in YOPEYs, whether or not they went on to be shortlisted for one of our lavish awards ceremonies. They are all winners.

“It is also for all the friends I roped in to help and for my wife Jo who keeps my nose to the grindstone and gives me some of my best ideas.”

Mr Gearing, who lives in Suffolk, is now concentrating on bringing young people together with the elder generation, with school children volunteering to visit people in care homes.


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