The High Sheriff congratulated the finalists of the Triumph over Adversity category in the biannual Spelthorne Youth Awards – the first in its history to be held virtually.
Thirty young people were nominated in the categories, which included Academic Achievement, Arts Achievement, Sports Achievement, Personal Achievement, Community Spirit, Triumph over Adversity and Unselfishness, Kindness and Bravery.
Spelthorne Borough Council Leisure Services organises the event, receiving nominations from teachers, sports coaches, community groups, charities, and many others.
All the nominees received a goodie bag before the ceremony, including a certificate of achievement from the Mayor of Spelthorne. At least one person from each category was also selected to receive a STAR award, including a trophy and cash prize.
Julie said: “I was truly impressed by everything the young people had done. There were some extraordinary stories in all the categories, and I was particularly struck by those who were in the Triumph over Adversity, Unselfishness, Kindness and Bravery category, which I was lucky enough to be able to introduce.”