THREE generous and caring children were shortlisted for the Pride of Cumbria Young Person of the Year award.
Jessica and Kaitlyn Graham, Louis Hoskin and Lily Armstrong entered the final three for the award after being nominated for their philanthropic works.
Jessica and Kaitlyn Graham has had to deal with a lot in the last few years. They had to come to terms with the loss of Father Luke in the middle of a pandemic and could not be with him because of Covid.
They held numerous fundraising campaigns to fight cancer and all the while helping to support their mother.
The girl’s candidate said: “They show such courage and maturity and are a complete inspiration for all of us, because they are coming back and are still finding energy to raise funds.”
Caitlin said she was “a little excited but a little nervous” about the event, while Jessica said: “I felt amazed because I had never heard of it before, but I am shocked, excited and nervous.”
I asked the girls what they did to lead to this nomination, they said: “We are very brave, strong and supportive. We also made a hairstyle in memory of Dad – said Caitlin.
“We walked 90 miles in memory of my father, as a family,” Jessica said.
However, the girls have not yet chosen an outfit for the big day!
The next candidate is an eight-year-old, Louis Hoskin who raised £ 8,000 for the veterans. Louis is an army-crazy young saxophonist from Kirkby Lonsdale and has raised over £ 8,000 since the start of the summer holidays for the Ancre Somme Association, a charity that pays tribute to fallen soldiers, women and animals.
The charity also helps those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Louis’ father, Philip Hoskin, a teacher at Sedbergh Prep School, said: “Helping those struggling with PTSD is a very dear goal to us.
Louis was inspired to take aim when he met Colin MacLachlan, a former 22 SAS member and patron of the Ancre Somme Association, and Louis vowed to try to support and honor British soldiers as much as he could.
Louis ’efforts touched the hearts of his proponents who were filled with praise for his commendable work.
Lily Armstrong is an 11-year-old girl living in Maryport, West Cumbria. She is described as a bright and lively young lady with a heart of gold and a sense of duty above her age. Her warm personality encourages people to donate and talk.
Every year Lily helps around the local poppy, and she does so in a number of ways; from simply making pictures for her neighbors that she will put in her windows to raise awareness of attractiveness.
She also makes things like loom ribbons, bookmarks and paintings for sale and donates all proceeds to the poppy appeal; it also helps maintain a counter for the sale of poppies and poppy goods.
She acts as a friend / mentor at her local school helping younger people who have difficulty at school. She restores materials at home to make some of the products she sells on behalf of charities and has combined their collection as she takes the 350,000-step challenge and raises £ 200.
Lily’s countless charitable endeavors have led her to this nomination as her nominee says: “Her selfless nature constantly looks at her for charities that not only need money, but sometimes it’s about being there for people in person, and Lily willing he does it day by day. ”
Lily said that it is a mixture of emotions: “I am happy and excited, but shocked” and she feels “proud” of herself.
Lily said she was “very excited” and surprised her family friend with a ticket.