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MYTIME Young Carers celebrates local heroes at inaugural awards gala

Emberly Heppenstall (young carer), Callie Johnson (MT) - Young Carer Fundraiser Award

By Sam Pither [email protected]

Published: March 5, 2024 | Updated: 5th March 2024

On the 28th of February, MYTIME Young Carers hosted a spectacular evening dedicated to honoring the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations within the community.

Held at Avonbourne Academy in Bournemouth, the event marked the inaugural Community Heroes Awards Evening, a heartfelt gesture to acknowledge and celebrate those who have gone above and beyond in supporting the charity and young carers.

Krista Cartlidge (MT), Dave Pointer, Jan Pointer (Outstanding Contribution Award)

The ceremony spotlighted the remarkable efforts of community heroes who have made a significant impact on the lives of young carers throughout the past year.

From dedicated volunteers to compassionate supporters and organizations, these individuals demonstrated unwavering commitment and generosity towards the MYTIME Young Carers community.

Among the 10 community awards presented were titles such as Fundraiser of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

Frettens – Lewis Barr, Tim Sills (MT), Jenny Williams (Corporate Fundraiser Award)

A special mention was reserved for Frettens Solicitors, recognised as an invaluable corporate partner whose unwavering support has greatly contributed to MYTIME’s mission over the past year.

Through their involvement in various Making Memories Days, enthusiastic participation in Fundraising Activities, and generous Headline Sponsorship for the MYTIME 10-year Ball, Frettens Solicitors exemplified their commitment to the cause of ‘Levelling the Playing Field’.

Their continuous efforts in amplifying the message of MYTIME have been instrumental, leading to their deserved recognition as MYTIME’s Corporate Partner of the Year.

Additionally, Jenny Williams, their Marketing and Events Executive, was honoured as Volunteer of the Year, further cementing their dedication to the cause. MYTIME eagerly anticipates continuing their fruitful partnership with Frettens for the third consecutive year.

The evening also included recognising some young carers that are also changing the game in their local community, such as Emberly, who cares for her mother who had a brain injury when Emberly was just 5 years old. Now at 9 years of age, she is fundraising for a third year in a row for MYTIME.

Although only 9, Emberly is one of MYTIME’s most outspoken advocates.

Callie Johnson (MT), Jemima Jennings (Young Carer Game Changer Award)

Callie Johnson (MT), Jemima Jennings (Young Carer Game Changer Award)

After finding out that MYTIME’s work relies on donations, Emberly was inspired to start her latest campaign to raise money for the weekly MYTIME Zoom meetings and activity days she loves so much: “MYTIME helps me when I have struggles and worries about my mummy.

“The Making Memories days out and Zoom meetings make me feel happy, relaxed and calm. They help because I am always a little bit worried about Mummy.

“We need to fundraise, because if MYTIME run out of money, the Zoom meetings for all the young carers can’t happen anymore.”

Following a selection process described as deeply moving and inspiring, MYTIME Young Carers also celebrated the recipient of the ‘Young Carer Hero award’.

Each story, unique and compelling, made the decision challenging, with judges recognising the extraordinary efforts of every individual deserving of recognition. Among these outstanding nominees, one young carer’s dedication shone brightly.

Jacob Foxwell (Young Carer), Anna Garrett (MT) – Most Engaged Zoom Youth Group Member

The nomination, submitted by her mother as a surprise, illuminated her exceptional commitment to caring for her younger brother, who has autism.

The young carer’s proactive approach to understanding and supporting her brother is awe-inspiring. From bringing joy through laughter and singing, to providing comfort during difficult moments, her compassion knows no bounds.

This particular young carer embodies resilience, empathy, and selflessness, making her a true source of inspiration deserving of acknowledgment and celebration.

The charity announced the remarkable recipients of other Community Hero Awards. Among them, Jemima Jennings is recognised as the Young Carer Game Changer of the Year, showcasing exemplary dedication and resilience.

Kathy, Jacob and Jason Foxwell (young carer and family)

Bradley Miller receives the esteemed Face Your Fears Award, symbolising bravery and overcoming challenges.

Ashley Beament is honoured as MYTIME’s Individual Fundraiser of the Year, exemplifying extraordinary commitment to young carers.

Jacob Foxwell is celebrated for his unwavering engagement and support within the Zoom Youth Group Young Carer community.

David and Jan Pointer are acknowledged with the Outstanding Contribution Award for their profound impact and selfless service.

Naomi Gill (Lytchett Minster School), Dan Morris (MT) – Young Carer Champion Award

Lastly, Naomi Gill is lauded as MYTIME’s Young Carer Champion of the Year, embodying leadership and advocacy in her school.

Callie Johnson, Head of Fundraising commented on the evening: “It was a pleasure to hold this evening in recognition of the most amazing bunch of people who make our MYTIME Community.

“These individuals and organisations mean everything to MYTIME and allow us to continue our work with young carers in our local community. As a charity that receives no government funding, our community is so powerful for our cause. ”

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