Yazmin is named citizen of the year in Coates for her tireless fund raising for little Cody

Cody Stanier at the Coates Village Show 2017

Cody Stanier at the Coates Village Show 2017 - Credit: Archant

The youngest winner has been announced for the Coates Citizen of the Year award for her commitment to fund raising.

Coates Village Show 2017. Citizen of the Year winner Yazmin Hills

Coates Village Show 2017. Citizen of the Year winner Yazmin Hills - Credit: Archant

In recognition of her selfless commitment to others and her charity fund raising efforts the award was given to Yazmin Hills.

Yazmin wanted to get her hair cut, so that it could be sent to the Little Princess Trust to make real hair wigs for children who has lost theirs through cancer treatment.

She decided to go one step further and get the remaining hair shaved off to help raise money for a close family friend, Cody.

The youngster was very ill shortly after birth and now has a rare condition which means he cannot talk or eat solid foods and has other medial issues on a day to day basis.


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Despite peer pressure, Yazmin had her hair shaved at school in front of hundreds of other students.

She raised £3,210.81 which was used to buy a specialist pushchair that gives extra support to Cody, so he can get out and about.

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The remainder of the money is being put towards converting the family’s small back garden so that Cody can have some independence in a safe, controlled environment.

She was presented with her award at the Coates Village Show which organisers say was a great success raising around £450.

The show has been running in its current format for over 10 years, with a village show competition in the morning and a family fun day in the afternoon.

This year more than 200 items were entered, from cakes to cross-stitch, photographs to potatoes, and all were scrutinised and judged until the winners of each category were decided.

Overall winner for 2017 was announced as Sharon Weston – for the second year in a row.

The family fun in the afternoon was organised by a team of people from the Friends of Holy Trinity, Coates and KingsGate Church, Peterborough. This partnership meant that the show was expanded from previous years and took over most of North Green as well as Holy Trinity and its grounds. There was a free bouncy castle and face painting, the Whittlesey Cycle Club and a falconry display, donated by Ye Olde Redtail Falconry Display. There were also stalls, tombola’s, raffles and competitions.

• If you can help Cody’s family with the garden, financially or by supplying specialist equipment, please contact Kelly Green at kel36@live.co.uk .

• The next Coates Village Show will be held on Saturday July 14, 2018. Nominations for the 2018 Citizen of the Year can be emailed to vote@wpcteam.org.uk.

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