Teenage role model handed Kids Are Alright Challenge nomination for tireless volunteering

TEENAGE role model Gareth Usher has been nominated for the Kids Are Alright Challenge after four years of volunteering at Young People March (YPM).

The 18-year-old has dedicated around 10 hours a week for the last four years to working with youngsters at the centre, in City Road.

He is the chairman of YPM’s Fenzone committee and has helped with fundraising, consultation and training.

Gareth, who plans to go to university in September, has played a leading role in setting up a mentoring scheme and is also doing a sponsored bike ride for Help the Heroes.

Sarah Brown, manager at YPM, said: “Gareth is a superb young man. He is caring, willing and enthusiastic. He is a perfect role model and deserves recognition for the time, energy and hard work he puts in.

“He has helped YPM as an organisation to deliver projects, clubs, events and much more. We wish Gareth all the luck in the future and want him to know how much he has been and will be respected.

“We see a lot of young volunteers but he’s one that really stands out. He has been incredibly loyal to us.”

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• Gareth is the third nomination for April’s Kids Are Alright Challenge prize but there is still time to reward those young people making a difference in the Fens.

To nominate a youth group or individual fill in the coupon on the Kids Are Alright section of our website.

Alternatively, e-mail robert.setchell@archant.co.uk - put Kids Are Alright in the message line and be sure to include your contact details.

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