5-year-old Isabel Bennett has been chosen as the youngest ever winner of the Town Council’s Jubilee Award.
The Council's annual Jubilee Award recognises the achievements of outstanding young people in Wetherby, who are under 20 years of age and who have made an impact, whether nationally, regionally or locally. The award was established in 2012 for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and can be awarded jointly to a maximum of three special young persons.
Isabel was nominated by a family friend who said: “Isabel is just 5 years old and off her own back wanted to do a coffee morning to raise funds for charity. Her cousin died as a baby of a childhood cancer condition. Isabel saw Macmillan’s coffee morning appeal and had her own idea to raise money for her cousin’s charity, which raised over £300!! She is a bright and caring little girl and deserves to be recognised.”
Runner-up, Louisa Jacobs, was nominated by her teacher at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School: “The main reason why I want to nominate Louisa is that she donated her hair to the Princess trust. Louisa absolutely hates the hairdresser and getting her hair cut and had the most beautiful long red hair. She decided she wanted to raise money for cancer and so took on the challenge and faced her fear to help other people, very inspiring when she was only 5 at the time. She truly is a delight and deserves to be recognised for her kindness and determination to help others at such a young age.”
As Isabel’s family is closely connected to Wetherby Town Council, with both her Mum and Grandma serving as Councillors, the anonymised nominations were sent to an independent panel of judges. Isabel was chosen as a worthy winner for holding an event which involved so many people in helping to raise money for Macmillan.
Isabel’s mother, Samantha Bennett, commented that she was so proud of her daughter who: “Had helped to arrange all the details of the coffee morning. She invited lots of people that she knows and helped with the raffle and refreshments. It was a great event which really helped all our family with the grieving process.”
Presenting the awards the Mayor of Wetherby, Councillor Galan Moss, commented that this: “Is one of my favourite events of the year. It’s a wonderful opportunity to recognise all the hard work and effort put in by our young people. It’s nice to see some of the very youngest members of our community already starting to contribute and help others.”