Leicestershire First

Promoting leadership, excellence and citizenship in the community of Leicestershire.

Young Achiever Award

Young Achiever Award 2008/2009

A young mum who overcame a traumatic childhood to now help other children aim for a better future is the winner of the £3,000 Leicestershire First Young Achiever Award.  Kirsty Dunkley, 19, from Beaumont Leys in Leicester, is the charity’s first winner of its Young Achiever Award. The Award comes with a £3,000 prize to donate to a Leicestershire charity; Kirsty has chosen Open Door Leicester charity, a free and confidential counselling service for young people aged 11 to 25. Kirsty herself first turned to Open Door Leicester when she was just 13 years old.  Kirsty says she chose Open Door Leicester to receive the £3,000 because of how it supported her when she was low: “It helped me when I was in care and was having problems. They listened to me. And now they are helping a lot of other young people.”

Highly Commended: Milli Bhojani and Shabaana Kidy

 The Beacon Fellowship Community Channel Leicestershire County Council