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The extraordinary young people shortlisted for a major Manchester award

Discover the remarkable stories of Manchester's exceptional young nominees for the I Love MCR Young Person of the Year award. From sports and music to charity and business, they're rewriting the city's future.
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The I Love MCR Awards, an annual event celebrating the exceptional contributions of individuals to the Greater Manchester community, have announced their nominees for the Young Person of the Year category.

They will take place on 23rd November 2023 at DieCast Manchester, presented by Will Mellor and Gemma Atkinson.

This award recognises young people who have made significant impacts on their community, displayed remarkable achievements, and have become true role models for others to emulate.

Let’s meet the outstanding nominees:

Hadisa Afzaly

Hadisa  Afzaly, originally from Afghanistan, has used her talent for storytelling to shed light on the experiences of women in her homeland.

Her journey to the UK led her to write poetry, sharing the stories of Afghan women and the challenges they face.

She is part of a group of like-minded individuals in Manchester, working together to raise awareness about Afghanistan’s situation and collaborating with various charities to make a difference.

Hadisa dedication to amplifying voices and advocating for change is truly inspiring.

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Alex Bridgeman

At just 17 years old, Alex Bridgeman, hailing from Ashton under Lyne, has established herself as an integral and inspirational member of several Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) programs for young people.

Her dedication to music and mentorship has touched the lives of many, especially those facing challenging circumstances.

Alex is not only a talented viola player but also a peer mentor, advocating for younger students within the RNCM’s young people’s programs.

She has extended her support to new Ukrainian students who arrived in Manchester seeking refuge from conflict, translating for them and ensuring their smooth integration into the College.

Alex still has family in Ukraine so has been a wonderful source of help for young people coming to Manchester to continue their musical training in the most challenging and traumatic of circumstances, including translating for the Ukrainian students to make them feel welcome and to make sure they comprehend and can get the most out of the JRNCM.

This is hugely appreciated by the students themselves, and by RNCM staff, who have worked extremely hard to make their new Ukrainian arrivals welcome and settled, which Alex has been a crucial part of achieving.

Alex’s commitment to music and her community is truly commendable.

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Evelina Dubynska

Evelina Dubynska’s story is one of resilience and determination.

Having arrived in the UK after leaving Ukraine in 2022, she faced unimaginable challenges.

However, her unwavering dedication to her education led her to achieve remarkable results in her GCSEs.

Evelina’s thirst for knowledge, coupled with her work as a social media manager and budding graphic designer, showcases her exceptional work ethic and adaptability.

Her commitment to positive change has made her an inspiration to those around her.

Evelina’s story is a testament to the power of persistence and a positive outlook.

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Ibrahim Yousaf

Ibrahim Yousaf, known as Ibby, has exemplified selflessness and dedication throughout his life.

Despite battling health issues, Ibby has supported numerous charities in Oldham, using his platform on Twitter to raise awareness and funds for causes close to his heart.

His commitment to giving back extends to donating his pocket money, forgoing birthday celebrations to support local charities, and inspiring others with his tireless efforts.

At just 17, Ibby has received numerous accolades, including the British Citizen Youth Award and the Princess Diana Award.

His work not only impacts charities but also serves as an inspiration to young people facing adversity.

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Jessica Picton

Jessica Picton’s story is one of tenacity and entrepreneurship.

After a spinal injury dashed her dreams of becoming a professional golfer, Jessica channelled her passion into launching She Swings, a luxury sports clothing brand for girls and young women.

Her commitment to providing functional and stylish sportswear for female athletes is driven by extensive research and personal experience.

Jessica’s dedication to fostering an entrepreneurial spirit among girls and young women is commendable, as she aims to encourage them to continue their participation in sports.

She Swings stands as a testament to her dedication to empowering female athletes.

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Josh Thomas

Josh Thomas is a young entrepreneur who has made waves in the accounting industry.

His innovative accountancy model and commitment to providing expertise and speedy services have set him apart.

Josh’s dedication to helping his clients succeed is evident in his round-the-clock availability and his willingness to go the extra mile.

His passion for entrepreneurship extends beyond his accounting work, as he shares valuable advice and insights on social media to inspire others.

Josh is not just a business leader but also a mentor and community builder.

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Ryan Bromley

Ryan Bromley, at the age of 19, has made a significant impact both in the world of football and through his charitable endeavours.

He started as a Girls’ Development Officer, quickly progressing to a girls’ coach and establishing two girls’ teams.

His commitment to football extends to his role as Club Welfare Officer, ensuring the well-being of club members.

Simultaneously, Ryan’s charity, “Change The Youth NW,” provides support and opportunities for children and teenagers facing adversity.

His dedication to enhancing emotional well-being, social skills, and life prospects exemplifies the values of the Young Person of the Year award.

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These young nominees embody the spirit of dedication, resilience, and community service, setting inspiring examples for others to follow.

The I Love Manchester Awards will undoubtedly have a tough decision to make when choosing the Young Person of the Year recipient, due to the incredible quality of this year’s nominees.

These remarkable individuals have already left a mark on their community and continue to inspire others to make a difference.

The winners will be announced at the upcoming I Love Manchester Awards ceremony at DieCast where their outstanding contributions to the community will be celebrated and recognised.

There’s still time for you to vote – you can do so by clicking here

This award is proudly sponsored by Palace Theatre and Opera House, a renowned theatre committed to fostering creativity and enriching the cultural landscape of Greater Manchester and beyond.

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