YOPEY prize for Samantha

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A YOUNG councillor from Wisbech has finished a runner-up in the prestigious ROI Cambridgeshire Young People of the Year Awards.

Samantha Hoy (24) attended the presentation evening at Peterborough Cathedral and gave her £50 prize to the National Autistic Society because she has an autistic brother.

Said Samantha: “The best way to do something is to do it yourself – and that’s what I did.”

Fed up with teenagers moaning about not being represented, or even interested in politics, Samantha strives to show that there is a way for young people to get involved through her pizza and politics evenings with great success.

Samantha is the youngest county councillor in Cambridgeshire and is also a member of Wisbech Town Council.

She was nominated for the awards last month and was among the ten finalists.

The presentation night was a celebration to successful young role models from across Cambridgeshire.

YOPEY founder Tony Gearing said the image of young people was unfair and he praised all the finalists saying they were all winners.

As a surprise this year, the runners-up were all given £50 towards a cause of their choice. The overall title of Young Person of the Year went to and 18 year-old from St Ives.

As well as March firm ROI360, this year’s Cambs YOPEY awards were supported by Wisbech firm Hutchinsons, Peterborough City Council, Redstone, CSR, Cambridge University Press, EACS, LifePlus, ARM, Anglia Ruskin University, Waldeck Engineering, Anglia Co-operative Community Fund, Bidwells and Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.