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London's Bright Lights for Dewsbury's finest young person

Samuel Wilson (yr9) was invited to a glittering awards ceremony in London’s West End on 3 July for the national Celebrating Young People Awards.

Samuel Wilson was honoured for his work in Chaplaincy, Deanery Parishes and the local community. The awards ceremony was held in London’s West End and was powered by the Catholic national youth charity, Million Minutes.

“It is a great honour to be nominated for an award for doing what I love!” said Sam.

Nominations and Awards were made into eight categories, including The Dorothy Day Award which Sam received with guest of honour, Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

This is the fourth Celebrating Young People Awards and each time we are awe struck by the young people who are nominated” said Danny Curtin, CEO of Million Minutes. “Sadly our young people are often overlooked, or even blamed for society’s problems. But often their selfless and sometimes unseen actions can inspire all of us. Million Minutes is about giving a voice to young people. We’re delighted to be able to recognise and shout about more than three hundred young people from across England and Wales who were nominated this year. We want to celebrate all that they are and all that they give to the world.”


The awards celebrate and inspire young people to get more involved in social action projects, and help everyone reflect on how Catholic social teaching – such a s promoting peace, building community and caring for creation – is being lived out in the everyday. The awards have been organised and promoted by Million Minutes, a charity that supports projects helping young people to transform their lives and put Catholic social teaching into practice.


Miss Eddy who nominated Sam said “A truly tremendous opportunity to acknowledge his faith, generosity of time and commitment to service of others. This award is a positive reinforcement and celebration of his actions and greatly affirm his choices in life to date. Sam embraces all opportunities and this would truly encourage him to share the importance of living life to the fullest.”