Peter Lilley MP met Ben Harrison, a young volunteer and Harpenden resident who was declared the overall winner of this year’s British Red Cross Humanitarian Awards for Children and Young Adults.
Mr Harrison attended the award ceremony at the Palace of Westminster along with nineteen other finalists, aged between seven and twenty-five. He was announced as the winner of the volunteering category, before being declared the overall winner at the end of the afternoon. Mr Harrison spent last winter in the Calais refugee camp, where he volunteered twelve hours a day to provide housing for migrants.
Mr Lilley said: “It was very interesting to meet Ben and hear about his incredible efforts. I wish him the very best of luck as he continues his studies next year. I’m really proud to represent constituents like Ben. His achievements are indicative of a selfless spirit which should motivate us all to do more in our community.”
Mike Adamson, Red Cross Chief Executive said: “These young people are an inspiration to everyone. They are committed to making a difference and helping people in their communities – they embody true humanitarian qualities. Their actions have saved lives, helped vulnerable people and supported communities. Across the UK thousands of young people selflessly give up their time to help others. These awards are a chance to give those young people the recognition they deserve and to say a huge thank you for all their hard work.”