Time running out to vote for your winner in the Kids Are Alright Challenge 2011

TIME is running out for you to vote for your winner in this year’s Kids Are Alright Challenge.

Monday night’s grand final at the Boathouse, in Wisbech, is looming and text lines close on Friday at noon. Postal votes close at noon on Monday.

Judges have hailed this year’s nominees - who range from volunteers to artists - as some of the most inspirational yet.

To vote, text the word KIDS followed by a space and your winner’s number to 84555. The relevant three-digit number appears alongside descriptions of each of the 18 nominees, who are all fully profiled on the special Kids Are Alright section of our website.

Here is a recap of those youngsters who are vying for the title of Kid of the Year 2011.


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EMMA BUTLER, 17, from Wimblington, raised hundreds of pounds to allow her to travel to Namibia and work with cheetahs at a wildlife sanctuary.

To vote for Emma text KIDS 001 to 84555.

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BRANDON MATTLESS, 15, from Wisbech, is one of the youngest members of the Atelier East team and has played a key role in promoting art across Fenland.

To vote for Brandon text KIDS 002 to 84555.

LAUREN WYMER, 17, from Wisbech, has spent three years dedicating herself to youth work as a senior member of the Wisbech Locality team.

To vote for Lauren text KIDS 003 to 84555.

OLLIE HUTTON, 17, from Wisbech, was hailed as a “youth in a million” after he achieved huge success with his artwork despite suffering from spina bifida.

To vote for Ollie text KIDS 004 to 84555.

Members of PARSON DROVE YOUTH CLUB were nominated in February after treating people from their community to a special meal.

To vote for the club text KIDS 005 to 84555.

NEALE-WADE COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S F1 IN SCHOOLS TEAM were nominated after the young car designers raced into the national finals of the competition.

To vote for the successful youngsters text KIDS 006 to 84555.

MEGAN FIDLER, 15, from Whittlesey, was named as the second monthly winner for her contributions, as a referee, to youth football in Fenland.

To vote for Megan text KIDS 007 to 84555.

Teenagers from the SMARTEENIES – an advice group which reviews the effect of alcohol on young people – were nominated in March.

To vote for the Smarteenies text KIDS 008 to 84555.

SOPHIE YOUNG, 16, from Whittlesey, earned her nomination by dedicating hours of her time to help out in her school and community.

To vote for Sophie text KIDS 009 to 84555.

KATIE STONE, 19, from Tydd Gote, picked up the March monthly prize after spending a week caring for vulnerable people in an Albanian missionary.

To vote for Katie text KIDS 010 to 84555.

MOLLIE CHARMAN, aged seven, from March, is our youngest entry of 2011. She designed a special road safety banner after a pupil from her school broke her leg in a collision.

To vote for Mollie text KIDS 011 to 84555.

MADDIE RUMBELOW, 18, and BETH KEELEY, 13, from Wisbech, combined forces with fellow nominee Brandon Mattless to help art promoters Atelier East stage a successful art exhibition.

To vote for Maddie and Beth text KIDS 012 to 84555.

SIANA RAWLINGS, 15, from Whittlesey, is the co-chairman of Fenland Youth District Council and volunteers in a host of different capacities. She was also named as Whittlesey’s Young Citizen of the Year.

To vote for Siana text KIDS 013 to 84555.

GARETH USHER, 18, from March, was a monthly winner after spending more than four years working with children at Young People March.

To vote for Gareth text KIDS 014 to 84555.

TOM FIELD, 17, SCOTT KILLINGWORTH, SCARLETT MORRIS and LAUREN RUSSELL, all 15, from March, earned a nomination last month for helping young performers take to the stage at a Fenland Arts Youth Theatre.

To vote for the young theatre leaders text KIDS 015 to 84555.

CHATTERIS UNDER-11S GIRLS enjoyed a magical week last month as they tasted cup-final glory to earn a nomination.

To vote for the young footballers text KIDS 016 to 84555.

ELLIE HAYWARD-LOVE, 16, from Wisbech, bagged our final monthly prize after holding a sponsored pool marathon to raise money for an 11-year-old leukaemia sufferer at her school.

To vote for Elli text KIDS 017 to 84555.

JAMIE COLE, 17, from Whittlesey, became the final nomination of this year’s challenge after he braved a staggering 450ft abseil to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and Sue Ryder Care.

To vote for Jamie text KIDS 018 to 84555.

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