Georgie from Year 10 was one of twenty six inspiring youngsters from across the UK who were recognised at this year’s British Citizen Youth Award (BCyA) for their extraordinary contribution to society, charities and good causes.
Georgie was honoured for her efforts at a formal presentation held at the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday 16 October, attended by 120 guests including host, Rt. Hon. Lord Blunkett, patrons Dame Mary Perkins, Nicky Cox MBE and presenter Kimberly Wyatt.
Now in its fourth year, the BCyA, in association with Specsavers, highlights individual acts of bravery, kindness and compassion from young people under the age of 18 across the UK.
Georgie adopted her Romanian street dog Bella, when she was just 10 years old from the South West German Shepherd Rescue. Georgie has always had an affinity and empathy for unwanted dogs both in the UK and abroad and adopting Bella mobilised a passion in Georgie to help. She has been an active fundraiser for the last 4 years. Starting with a target of £250, by making a massive batch of liver cake to sell at the Doggie Christmas Bazaar she reached her target, but didn’t stop. She started fetching people’s water for them at camping dog shows and spent hours glass painting in between. By the end of 2016 Georgie had added making copper bracelets to her skills and topped her next target which was £500.
Whilst volunteering at Spanish Water Dog Weekend, Georgie took it upon herself to paint the letters ‘SWD’ on glasses and sell them, donating all the proceeds to SWD. By the end of 2017 she had raised £1,197. In 2018 Georgie was noticed by Somerset West Agility Training, who recognised her dedication and talent and asked if she could produce their 2019 Show Trophies. Georgie completed this creating 500 glass trophies in just 3 months. Georgie’s total raised so far is £4,152.00
Georgie’s initial aim to raise £250 to save just one dog’s life has become a mission. Having raised enough to save many animals, Georgie remains dedicated to her own rescue, Bella, who through committed training has qualified for Crufts for three years.
Georgie received her BCyA medal from Kimberly Wyatt, Presenter of Got to Dance and member of The Pussycats Dolls:
“I am honoured to present the British Citizen Youth Awards. This awards programme shines a light on the efforts of our youth and is something to be revered. The world needs more young people like these leading our communities”.
Dame Mary Perkins, Co-Founder of Specsavers and BCyA Patron said “These unsung heros are the rising stars of the future – let us shine a light on them and Celebrate! I hope that many more youngsters will follow in their footsteps”.
Following the formal medal presentations, all guests were treated to an Open Top Lap of Honour Tour of the capital courtesy of Big Bus London, which has supported the BCyA since its inception.