Young hero from YMCA Humber is runner up at national youth charity awards

October 26, 2015

A YOUNG person from YMCA Humber has been named runner up at a prestigious national youth charity awards after reaching this year’s glittering finals.

Hannah McMahon, 23 was up for the Young Worker of the Year gong against two other young staff members at the annual YMCA Youth Matters Awards held the Porchester Hotel, in Bayswater, central London, on Thursday 22 October.

Hannah was nominated as a finalist for her inspirational work with some of the region’s most vulnerable young people.

Youth Matters is the YMCA federation’s national awards programme that has been an integral part of the charity’s calendar since 2009. Other categories in the awards this year are Young Achiever of the Year, YMCA of the Year, Young Leader of the Year and Young Volunteer of the Year.

Hannah had previously battled through a public vote to get to finals night. She came up agonisingly short as Tom Truman from YMCA Birmingham won the award.

She said: “Although I didn’t win in the end, reaching the finals and being recognised for my efforts over the past 12 months was enough for me on the night.

“YMCA has helped me so much and it’s been great representing YMCA Humber at the national awards. Congratulations to Tom who won the award and to everyone else who reached the finals, their stories were very inspiring.”

Youth Matters is YMCA’s national awards ceremony which celebrates the outstanding skills and achievements of young people from across the country. It also recognises the vital work that YMCAs deliver every day to help transform the lives of young people and give them a brighter future.

The Young Worker of the Year Award recognises a young worker for their outstanding commitment to building a brighter future for young people and for going the extra mile to make a real difference to their lives.

Andrew Hornsby, YMCA Humber’s Foyer Project Manager accompanied Hannah to the awards ceremony.

He added: “Congratulations to Hannah on being a finalist out of hundreds of young workers at YMCAs across the country.

“She is a shining example of the brilliant support work that YMCA Humber provides to hundreds of vulnerable young people throughout the year.”

Locally, YMCA Humber provides supported accommodation to over 150 vulnerable young people across the region, as well as offering youth services throughout North East Lincolnshire.

Read more about YMCA Humber at www.ymca-humber.com.

PHOTO | Hannah McMahon (L) and Jocelyn Dennis (R) at YMCA’s Youth Matters Awards. Picture courtesy Richard Bailey

WATCH | Hannah’s story with YMCA Humber – from volunteer to awards finalist