BBC Radio 1 announces Teen Heroes for 2017

BBC Radio 1 has named the young winners of its Teen Heroes Awards who have all proven their dedication to helping others.

The four winners will be presented with their Teen Hero Award at Radio 1’s Teen Awards on 22nd October at London’s SSE Arena, Wembley.

The event honours the UK’s unsung teenage heroes as well as the year’s best music, online, sport and entertainment stars. The event will be hosted by Nick Grimshaw and special guest co-host, Rita Ora. An audience of 14-17 year olds will enjoy musical performances from Liam Payne, Rita Ora, The Vamps, Camila Cabello and Dua Lipa, as well as appearances by celebrity award winners and award presenters.

The four Radio 1 Teen Heroes of 2017 are:

Radio 1’s My Mind & Me Teen Hero Award for Mental Health – Holly (15) and Oliver (13)

Holly and Oliver offer psychological, emotional and physical care to their mum, who suffers from associative identity disorder with complex post traumatic trauma. Over the last 18 months Holly and Oliver have set up a charity called ‘The Adams Movement’, with their older brother. The charity focusses on supporting other young carers who have a parent or guardian with mental health difficulties and aims to reduce the stigma by encouraging schools to talk about all types of mental health – providing information on mental health conditions to young people. The charity also offers one-to-one mentoring with other young people with similar experiences.

Radio 1’s 1 Million Hours Teen Hero Award for Volunteering – Charlotte (17)

Having been though the care system herself, Charlotte is passionate about changing the future of care and uses her own experience to influence nationwide policy. She has been a member of the Lancashire Children in Care Council (LINX) – run for Lancashire County Council by Barnardo’s – for three years. Charlotte, along with other members of LINX, has been instrumental in bringing about positive changes for children and young adults in care. Charlotte has also worked with the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England (OCC), taking part in consultation groups with other children in care from around the UK.

Radio 1’s Generally Amazing Teen Hero Award – Harrison (12)

Harrison inspires other children with tackling obesity, anxiety and depression, after he dramatically turned his life around through exercise and changing his diet. Harrison documented his own journey via social media, inspiring other children to follow in his footsteps. Harrison now trains with other young people and advises them on healthy packed lunches as well as working with caterers at his school to ensure other pupils are eating healthily. Harrison has spoken publicly on TV and at a Public Health seminar about child obesity, has worked with Jamie Oliver and Joe Wicks (The Body Coach), has written blogs for UK Active and is a child ambassador for school nurses.

Radio 1 will be bringing listeners all of the fun from the awards ceremony – the whole event will be broadcast live on Radio 1 on Sunday 22nd October and will be available to watch live on Radio 1’s BBC iPlayer channel, with highlights available to watch on Radio 1’s YouTube channel.

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