More help for good causes after Suffolk students win award

They are a group of champion fundraisers, and after winning a special award they have been able to donate even more money to charity.

Farlingaye High School's Sixth Form Charity Committee won the charity category at the Bernard Matthews Youth Awards 2010.

The group of Suffolk students received a �1,000 prize, and the team was among a number of young people honoured for their achievements at a ceremony in February.

Now the 2011 awards, sponsored by the EDP, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, Open Youth Trust and The Garage, are looking for a new set of inspiring young people to be recognised for their achievements.

The members of the Sixth Form Charity Committee impressed the Youth Awards judges with their determination to help as many good causes as possible.

Bake sales, quiz nights and school discos are just some of the ways the team has collected thousands of pounds which has been shared between charities including Comic Relief, Help For Heroes and an orphanage in South Africa.

In the last academic year the charity raised almost �5,000 as well as receiving their �1,000 prize from the Youth Awards.

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Jo Whyatt, head of year 12 at the school in Woodbridge and who oversees the charity committee, said: 'The committee was absolutely over the moon to win the award. For us to raise �1,000 takes a lot of hard work, and so for the committee to be given a �1,000 prize that they could give to charity was brilliant.'

Mrs Whyatt said the committee gave half of their prize money to East Anglia's Children's Hospices.

The other half was given to the Caring for Me project which is associated with Cancer Campaign in Suffolk. The project aims to provide holistic care for people with cancer.

Since winning the Bernard Matthews Youth Award the committee members have continued their excellent fundraising efforts.

In March they held a Suits and Sparkles fashion show and raised money for the Butterfly Tree Charity which helps rural communities in Zambia.

In October the committee organised a blue non-uniform day to raise money for the Cancer Campaign in Suffolk, and the money they collected will go towards helping people with prostate and testicular cancer.

The committee is continuing to do regular cake sales and at the moment is using this to collect money for Children in Need.

There are eight categories in the 2011 Bernard Matthews Youth Awards, including the charity award.

The other categories are cultural achievement, young farmer, sporting achiever, community, bravery, educational achievement and environment.

The winner of each category will receive �1,000 and there will also be a special winner of winners award.

All the categories are open to both teams and individuals from Norfolk and Suffolk.

Entrants must be aged between 11 and 18 on December 15, 2010, and they can either enter themselves or be nominated.

Entries can be made online or by downloading an entry form from the awards website and sending it to The Bernard Matthews Youth Awards, c/o Shorthose Russell, 12 Meridian Way, Meridian Business Park, Norwich, NR7 0TA.

New for this year, people can submit video entries – people should upload three minutes of footage that answers the category questions to the Youth Awards website.

The closing date is 5pm on December 15, 2010.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Norwich in February.

For more information visit www.edp24.co.uk/youthawards or call Katie Brown on 01603 706566.