Sunderland Young Achievers Awards 2018

Biddick Academy student named overall winner

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7:11am 23rd March 2018 
(Updated 8:06am 23rd March 2018)

It was the 25th Sunderland Young Achievers' Awards last night, which saw a Biddick Academy student named overall winner.

14-year old Chantelle Beaney took the overall award at the 2018 ceremony.

Chantelle, who used to struggle with school, has overcome difficulties in her home life to flourish.

She tells Sun FM what it meant to her to win the award:


simon and danni with chantelle beaney

Launched in 1992, the Sunderland Young Achievers' Awards scheme celebrates young people's achievements, their bravery, their talents and their positive contribution to the life of our city.

Through a very caring and nurturing foster placement, Chantelle has continued to develop. Through her foster family's support, she has also gained a really positive attitude towards school and life.

Chantelle had previously had huge gaps in her learning but with she has now exceeded her target grades across all of her subjects and is now one of the top performers in the year group.

Mayor Councillor Doris MacKnight Chantelle Beaney

The Right Worshipful Mayor of the City of Sunderland, Councillor Doris MacKnight, who presented Chantelle with her award, said:

“All of our winners tonight should be hugely proud of their achievements and I’d like to extend my congratulations to them all.

“I was delighted to present the award to Chantelle, who has made such fantastic strides in her education. She thoroughly deserves to be recognised for her achievements and I wish her the very best for the future.”

Sue Carty, Acting Chief Executive of Together for Children, said:

“The awards are a fantastic opportunity to hear the stories and achievements of our city’s young people. As a company, our vision is to ensure children are kept safe from harm and have the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Judging by the success stories we have heard tonight, I’m confident these young people have bright futures ahead.”

Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, Councillor Louise Farthing, said:

“I was proud to be invited to help present the annual Young Achievers’ Awards, which recognise the skills, talent, dedication and community spirit of young people in our city. This annual event is recognition of their individual and shared talent, and commitment to improving their own lives and the lives of all those around them.

“These young people are the future of Sunderland and surely what we have heard tonight confirms it will be a bright future.”

Chantelle Beaney with her Overall Young Achievers Award

The Young Achievers Awards, which are open to anyone aged between eight and 20 and are nominated by the public, crowned winners and highly commended across 10 categories.

The night’s winners included Sophie Louise Bulmer, Daisy Pringle and Houghton Brass Band (Music and Performing Arts); Summer Allen and Kyle Johnson (Personal Achievement); Daniel Bolton, Aidan Loadman and Sunderland Youth Parliament (Service to the Community); Emily Watt (Academic Achievement); Zach Marshall, Joshua Waddell and Houghton Albion Under 9s (Sport); Jennifer Lindsey and Ella Simpson (Young Carer); Blaine Richardson (Volunteer); Ellie Foggin (Young Apprentice); Fatfield Academy (School Council); Thornhill Academy (Anti-bullying Team).

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