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Five young people to benefit from first ever Hickinbotham awards

Five inspiring young people supported by St Christopher’s have been named as the 2012 recipients of the first Hickinbotham Awards.

The awards have been created by Tony Hickinbotham, a previous Chair of St Christopher’s, and his wife Susan and are aimed at supporting deserving young people to make a real difference to their lives. A prize fund of £5,000 is available each year to give five young people the chance to help build a positive future.

Tony Hickinbotham said: “I am delighted to announce the first ever recipients of the Hickinbotham awards.  These young people have showed us how we could help them to fulfil their dreams and make a positive contribution to their communities.  I wish them the best of luck for the future.”

The 2012 Hickinbotham Awards winners:

  • Peter*, has been homeless and is currently being supported by the Greenwich Floating Support team. 

Peter dreams of becoming a blacksmith.  After being introduced to blacksmithing at college, he is passionate about the trade but has been unable to find an apprenticeship or job doing what he loves.  Peter has been using the tools and facilities of a local blacksmith but having his own equipment would allow him to realise his dreams.  Peter has been given an award to help him buy the tools he needs to support him in his future career.

  • Kaisha*, works as a peer educator for St Christopher’s, and shares her experiences of homelessness with young people in South East London.

Kaisha applied for an award to help her develop her business idea selling affordable Asian Bridal Wear.  The panel were impressed with Kaisha’s professional approach to starting her business and her plans to use social networks to drives sales.

  • James*, 17, is supported by a semi independence housing project on the Isle of Man.

James will soon start an IT course at college and needed some up to date computer equipment to support his studies.  He has been given an award to allow him to buy the equipment he needs to give him the best chance of success.

  • Alice*, 15, is fostered by a St Christopher’s family in Essex.

Alice is studying hair and beauty at school and spends all her time practicing on family and friends. Alice wanted to make the Fostering Celebration Event special for the children involved and has been given an award to do hair and make up for a catwalk show to help “make them feel like a million dollars”.

  • Ian* , 17, is a resident of a housing support service on the Isle of Man.

The St Christopher’s team on the Isle of Man applied for an award on Ian’s behalf to fund some driving lessons.  Ian struggles with his literacy and numeracy and has a form of high functioning Autism.  He attends a motor workshop project each week and has an ambition to be a mechanic.  The award will fund driving lessons to help Ian to build his confidence and achieve his goals.