Teen’s charity efforts rewarded

Mr Webb with Jayden Whalley. (s)
Mr Webb with Jayden Whalley. (s)

An inspirational teenager from Clitheroe has scooped third position in the High Sheriff of Lancashire’s Young Citizen of the Year 2018 awards.

Jayden Whalley (17) was recognised for his community spirit supporting the Firefighters Charity. Jayden has contributed to raising more than £15,000 towards firefighters rehab centres.

He is also a member of Clitheroe Youth Forum and has volunteered at Clarksons Contractors for more than three years.

His proud mother, Zoe, said: “Jayden has helped raise money for charity and volunteered for several years at weekends and during school holidays. “He has shown pure dedication and enthusiasm no matter what the weather and is an amazing, inspirational young man. We are all so very proud of Jayden and he should be very proud of himself after receiving such a prestigious award. We would also like to thank Mel Diack, of Clitheroe Youth Forum and Andy Gunn for recognising Jayden’s achievement and their nomination for the award.”

Jessica Basquill (17), was named as the High Sheriff of Lancashire’s Young Citizen of the Year 2018 and Burnley teenager Sana Khan came second. Robert Webb, High Sheriff of Lancashire, said: “I want to congratulate all the young people who were nominated – it is a great achievement which you should all be very proud of.

Lancashire Constabulary’s Chief Constable, Andy Rhodes, said: “It is a great pleasure to host the Young Citizen of the Year Award here at our Headquarters in Hutton. I’ve been extremely impressed with the standard of entries. I would like to personally congratulate the winner Jessica and runners up Sana and Jayden, who have shown real public spirit in giving up their time for the benefit of the community.”

Their efforts are to be commended.”