Two brothers, who attend Ashlawn School, have been recognised at this year’s national British Citizen Youth Awards (BCyA) for their commitment to fundraising for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
14-year-old Matthew Bubb and his 16-year-old brother, Daniel, were honoured for their tireless fundraising efforts at a formal presentation held at the Palace of Westminster.
Over the last few years the brothers have carried out a series of fundraising events and activities, including a charity abseil, in order to raise valuable funds for the Heart Unit at Birmingham Children’s Hospital as a thank you for the outstanding support that they have received as a family.
Matthew and Daniel were honoured with 24 other youngsters at a formal presentation held at the Palace of Westminster, attended by 120 guests including host, Rt. Hon. Lord Blunkett, patrons Dame Mary Perkins, Nicky Cox MBE and presenter Kimberly Wyatt.
Now in its fourth year, the BCyA, in association with Specsavers, highlights individual acts of bravery, kindness and compassion from young people under the age of 18 across the UK.
Dame Mary Perkins, Co-Founder of Specsavers and BCyA Patron commented: “These unsung heroes are the rising stars of the future – let us shine a light on them and celebrate! I hope that many more youngsters will follow in their footsteps.”
Following the formal medal presentations, all guests were treated to an open-top lap of honour tour of the capital on a BCyA-branded double-decker bus, courtesy of Big Bus London. Award recipients are also invited to use the BCyA letters after their names as a post-nominal, in recognition of their positive impact on society.
Siobhan Evans, Principal at Ashlawn School, said: “Matthew and Daniel exemplify everything that we encourage our students to be – thoughtful, kind and compassionate citizens who care about the wider community.
“Everyone at Ashlawn School is incredibly proud of what they have achieved and I am delighted to see that they have received national recognition for their efforts.”
Matthew and Daniel’s mother, Julie Bubb, added: “My husband and I are extremely proud of both our children for all of the fundraising they have done for Birmingham Children’s Hospital. It is a cause that means so much to us all.
“Our day at the Palace of Westminster was so special and it was wonderful to see our boys being recognised for all of their hard work and dedication.”
If you would like to follow in Matthew and Daniel’s footsteps and donate to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, please visit: www.bch.org.uk/donate/