Hertfordshire '17

Young People of the Year

Revealing, Recognising and Rewarding Positive Role Models

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End of Herts YOPEYs, but not end of YOPEY

By Nathan Sweeney of St Michael's Catholic High School

On the evening of Thursday 16th November, this year’s annual Hertfordshire YOPEY awards ceremony took place, sponsored by Affinity Water, and Mitsubishi Electric. Located at the stunning Moor Park Mansion, the MP for Hemel Hempstead and the Lord Lieutenant for Hertfordshire awarded £300 and £500 prizes to Junior YOPEY winner Annie-Rose Cutler and Senior YOPEY winner Jodie Goodacre respectively.

Annie-Rose Cutler is a young carer for her mum and younger brother

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Captivated by an event that will stay with me eternally

By Laura Garvin-Gomez from Stevenage, who is doing a Creative Writing degree at Royal Holloway, University of London

The moment I received my invitation for the YOPEY awards for 2017, I felt elated. Though the event had never come to my attention before, something about the tales of its enriching history and the lives it affected, digitally painted within an email, gave me a sense of excitement.

Every young person taking part had a story to tell, whether a small act of community service or a life-changing devotion to

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Beside each finalist are location photos of them. For photos of everyone at the awards ceremony click on Gallery above...

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Senior Winner Jodie Goodacre 22

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A young Bishop’s Stortford woman says the suicide of a friend jolted her from a downward spiral which had seen her attempt to take her own life, and it inspired her to become a voice for young people affected by the stigma of mental ill-health.

Now the tireless campaigning on mental health by Jodie Goodacre, including taking her message into schools, organising events and as a media commentator, has made her Hertfordshire’s

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Junior Winner Annie-Rose Cutler 17

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A courageous Watford teenager who has turned personal adversity into a positive force won top prize in a competition that hails the ‘giving to others’ of Hertfordshire’s younger generation.



Seventeen-year-old Annie-Rose Cutler refused to let her role as a young carer confine her aims in life, and is campaigning for greater awareness for those in a similar position.



Now she has won £300 as the

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