Remarkable young people have achievements recognised

Lord-Lieutenant Young Person of the Year winners announced

A group of teenagers with their Lord-Lieutenant Young Person of the year certificates

A group of 16 remarkable young people from Leicester and Leicestershire have been celebrating their achievements as 2024 Lord-Lieutenant’s Young Person of the Year Award finalists.

Alyssa Tapley, who overcame a terminal cancer diagnosis and now works to raise awareness and funds, received the top prize, becoming the Lord-Lieutenant’s Young Person of the Year.

The ‘red carpet’ awards evening was hosted at County Hall by the Lord-Lieutenant, Mike Kapur OBE CStJ, supported by his Deputy Lieutenants Mrs Sally Bowie and Mrs Diana Brooks MBE, along with panel members Rick Moore and Barbara Chantrill MBE.

There were more than 80 nominations this year. The four finalists shortlisted in each of the four categories were recognised as remarkable examples of dedication, going above and beyond to help others, and for their outstanding personal achievements.

The category winners were:

Young Person of Courage – Alyssa Tapley, who attends Brookvale Groby Learning Campus.

Young Volunteer – Charlie Tripp, who attends Castle Rock Academy.

Young Leader – Benjamin Shadbolt, who attends The City of Leicester College.

Young Artist of the Year – Lina Rehab, who attends The City of Leicester College.

They were all considered for the overall award of the Lord-Lieutenant’s Young Person of the Year which this year went to Alyssa Tapley.

 “I am so proud to have been chosen as the Lord-Lieutenant’s young person of the year.

“After I was told that none of the usual treatments were working for my leukaemia I chose to carry on fighting and as well as giving myself a chance I have been able to help other children in the process.”

It is always a privilege for me to host this annual awards event and I'm honoured to have had the opportunity to recognise the individual talents and outstanding contributions of every one of our finalists.

“As Lord-Lieutenant, I have been able to share these extraordinary young people’s stories with our guests at the event and want to make sure that their bravery, creativity, strength of spirit and selflessness can be appreciated and valued more widely within their communities.

“Our city and county’s young people continue to be an inspiration to us all. I hope that these awards will continue to shine a spotlight on our communities’ young people who all too often go unnoticed by the wider community.

“I urge anyone who knows a young person they think deserves recognition and encouragement for their endeavours to look out for details of my 2025 awards later in the year.”

The awards were held on April 25 and are sponsored by a variety of organisations offering services to young people and are supported by Leicestershire County and Leicester City Councils, together with universities and the business community. They seek to identify and reward the very best examples of achievement by young people locally. 

About the Lord-Lieutenant

The Lord-Lieutenant is The King’s representative in the county.  The current Lord-Lieutenant is Michael Kapur OBE CStJ.

About the awards scheme

A panel of judges which included young people, chaired by the Lord-Lieutenant, considered all nominations meeting the criteria for the award. The judges shortlisted four young finalists in each category of the award.

The finalists each received a framed certificate together with a prize.

Category winners each receive a prize to the value of £500.

The overall Lord-Lieutenant’s Young Person of the Year also receives a special trophy.

Over 80 nominations were received for this year’s Lord-Lieutenant’s awards.




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