Six people from across Peterborough and Cambridgeshire who’ve done good work in their local communities are to be part of next month’s Royal Wedding.
Lord-Lieutenant Julie Spence who’s the Queen’s representative in the area was invited to nominate the unsung heroes along with a guest each to be there when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot at Windsor Castle next month.
The group includes four particularly inspirational young people – go to our website to find out who they are.
The six – who include four particularly inspirational young people – are
12 year old Jorja Furze, who undeterred by being born with only one leg works with the charity Steel Bones as an Ambassador. She fundraises and organises groups at her school in Soham, Cambridgeshire, to help others overcome difficulties. In 2017 Jorja won the Child of Achievement award at the Ely Heroes Award.
Charlie Calvert – 15 (will be 16 on 11th May) from Wisbech who is the youngest police cadet leader in Cambridgeshire, and was awarded 2017 Junior Cambridgeshire Young Person of the Year.
Sixteen year old Billy Griffiths from March. The Headteacher of his School, Neale Wade Academy, describes Billy as “an all-round good egg” who has overcome early difficulties in his life. He has completed all the school Leadership Awards – bronze, silver and gold and has recently obtained his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. He is an instrumental leader and driver of change for the Youth District Council, and sets a great example to others.
Charlotte Field, from Ramsey near Huntingdon is a highly regarded and outstanding young leader in the Ramsey area. She has been commissioned by Ely Diocese as a Pioneer Exchange Minister, and an Authorised Lay Minister on behalf of her local church. Many people have benefitted from her activities locally, making Charlotte a highly respected role-model particularly for young people.
Jamie Turner, 16 from Peterborough is a young man who has persevered with his Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE), despite issues related to his autism. He recently gave an address to an audience of over 100 business people at a DofE dinner attended by a member of the Royal Family, where he spoke about his journey with an eloquence belying his issues and his years.
Neil Perry, the Chief Executive of Romsey Mill Trust, a Christian based charity with a long history of working in Cambridgeshire to support disadvantaged families, and particularly young people. Neil is described as someone who will always go the extra mile and more, with no thought for his own circumstances or convenience.