THE fourth year of an award to celebrate the achievements of young people in the town has been officially launched.
The Graham Barker Rotary Award for Young People was launched three years ago in memory of Mr Barker by the Rotary Club of Uttoxeter.
He was a well-known local businessman who ran Hixon-based HD Fuels and he was also a highly-esteemed member of the Rotary for 33 years.
He was always very supportive of any charities which benefited young people, especially in the Uttoxeter area.
Because of this, his colleagues at the rotary club and his family felt an appropriate way of honouring Mr Barker would be to dedicate an award to him which recognises the outstanding achievements of young people in the town.
In its first year in 2010 the inaugural winner was Maxine Broadfoot who was declared the winner after dedicating much of her teenage years to raising money in memory of her brother Connor.
In 2011, Izaak Bailey was the recipient of the award for his incredible fund-raising which saw him raise £16,500 for the Donna Louise Hospice who cared for his terminally-ill friend.
Last year it was Thomas Alleyne’s High School pupil Ellie Hall who took home the award for her work with Rakemark Respite, a holiday club for children with special needs.
The award is open to all young people who are aged 12 to 18 years on December 31, 2012 and who live or go to school within an area of five miles from Uttoxeter.
The award is offered to both individuals or groups of young people – for example three volunteers for YESS (Youth Emotional Support Services) were nominated in 2012.
Each entry or nominee will be asked to say in no more than 500 words what the young person or group has done to benefit others through charitable, sporting, social or other ways.
The closing date for nominations will be April 19, 2013 and a sum of £200 will be awarded to the winner deemed by the judges to have benefitted the community the most.
The judges will be the Mayor of Uttoxeter Councillor Martin Blencowe, Graham Barker’s widow Jamila Barker, the president of the Uttoxeter Rotary Club and representatives of the Advertiser and Post and Times.
A reception will be held at Uttoxeter Town Hall on the evening of Tuesday, April 30 to honour the finalists and the winner of the 2013 award will be announced.
Nomination forms can be completed online at the Uttoxeter Rotary Club website www.uttoxeter-rotary.org.uk or hard copies can be obtained from the town hall or from the Advertiser and Post and Times office in The Maltings.