Jubilee Award goes to girl, 5
A five-year-old schoolgirl has become the youngest ever winner of Wetherby Council’s Jubilee Award.
Isabel Bennett was nominated by a family friend after she held a popular coffee morning to raise funds for charity in memory of her baby cousin who died of a childhood cancer.
In the nomination, the friend said: “Isabel saw Macmillan’s coffee morning appeal and had her own idea to raise money for her cousin’s charity, which raised over £300.
“She is a bright and caring little girl and deserves to be recognised.”
Runner-up was Louisa Jacobs, was nominated by her teacher at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary for her extraordinary act.
The nomination said: “The main reason why I want to nominate Louisa is that she donated her hair to the Princess trust.
“Louisa absolutely hates the hairdresser and getting her hair cut and had the most beautiful long red hair.
“She decided she wanted to raise money for cancer and so took on the challenge and faced her fear to help other people, very inspiring when she was only five at the time.
“She truly is a delight and deserves to be recognised for her kindness and determination to help others at such a young age.”
Presenting the awards the Mayor of Wetherby, Coun Galan Moss, said: “This is one of my favourite events of the year.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to recognise all the hard work and effort put in by our young people.
“It’s nice to see some of the very youngest members of our community already starting to contribute and help others.”
The Council’s annual Jubilee Award recognises the achievements of outstanding young people in Wetherby, who are under 20 years of age and who have made an impact, whether nationally, regionally or locally.
The award was started in 2012 for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and can be awarded jointly to a maximum of three special young people.
“There are many young people of whom we can rightly be proud and it is these young people that we wish to recognise and hope will be nominated each year,” said a council spokesman.
The spokesman added of the winner: “As Isabel’s family is closely connected to Wetherby Town Council, with both her Mum and Grandma serving as councillors, the anonymised nominations were sent to an independent panel of judges.
“Isabel was chosen as a worthy winner for holding an event which involved so many people in helping to raise money for Macmillan.”
Isabel’s mother, Samantha Bennett, said that she was so proud of her daughter who had helped to arrange all the details of the coffee morning.
“She invited lots of people that she knows and helped with the raffle and refreshments.
“It was a great event which really helped all our family with the grieving process.”