New Saddleworth Super Stars scheme to celebrate young people

SADDLEWORTH has an abundance of bright, kind, caring youngsters who do amazing acts without seeking any recognition.

The Saddleworth Independent is proud to spearhead a brand new community initiative to celebrate their deeds: Saddleworth Super Stars.

We plan to praise and celebrate youngsters up to the age of 18 who, without any thought for themselves, give their time to help their family, friends or community.

Perhaps they are responsible for caring for someone, carry out a kind deed on a daily basis, have pulled off an act of bravery or courage, or dedicate much of their time to charity.

The awards, devised by the Independent’s founder, Ken Bennett, will see ten young people honoured at a surprise celebration next April.

The chairman of the judges is Emily Wilson, who was honoured with an Above and Beyond Award last year in the inaugural adult equivalent of the scheme.

Emily, who is Group Scout Leader for Greenfield Scouts, said: “Being a recipient of a Saddleworth Above & Beyond Award, it gives me great pleasure to be involved in the first Saddleworth Super Stars event.

“I am really looking forward to learning about the amazing lives and achievements of the young people in our community and celebrating these with them next year.”

Emily will be joined on the judging panel by the Independent’s Editor-in-Chief Aimee Belmore, Saddleworth Round Table chairman Henry Burbidge, and Rotary Club of Saddleworth’s president Barbara Howse, and the three organisations are sponsoring the awards.

Aimee Belmore, Henry Burbidge, Barbara Howse and Emily Wilson

Barbara said: “We are all really looking forward to reading about the outstanding, thoughtful, unpaid and frequently unrecognised work which our youngsters undertake throughout our area.

“And, of course, we will be thrilled to meet the Saddleworth Super Stars in person, and their families and friends, at our special celebration next year.”

Henry added: “Round Table is really proud to support this new scheme and help reward deserving young people who do great things for Saddleworth.

“We look forward to reading all the nominations and seeing what they all achieve.”

Aimee concluded: “As a journalist, I meet a lot of young people across the community who carry  out fantastic deeds and achievements but go about it quietly and without a fuss.

“We want to recognise the great work they do. It’s not just about what you can achieve in the classroom or on a sports field, it’s how you help and care for your community too.”

Send your nomination in confidence before the deadline of March 1, 2018. Nominees must be a Saddleworth resident, up to the age of 18.

Email the name and age of your ‘Super Star’ and your reason for nominating them (no more than 350 words), along with your contact details to: or write to: Saddleworth Independent, Saddleworth Super Stars, Units 3-4, 45 High Street, Uppermill, Oldham, OL3 6HS.


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