Costessey carer among the winners at award ceremony in Norwich

by Emma Knights
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
7:00 AM

A Costessey teenage carer who looks after his mum while also studying for his A-levels was among the young people honoured at an awards ceremony in Norwich.

Saul Watson, 17 and from Valley Road, won the education category of the Bernard Matthews Youth Awards held at OPEN last night and which were presented by Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton.

Helen said she was honoured to share the stage with the incredible and inspiring young people at the awards, and said she was absolutely blown away by the talent of the performers from The Garage in Norwich who entertained the audience with beat boxing, street dancing and more.

Saul, who goes to Ormiston Victory Academy, impressed the judges by his dedication to helping his mum Linda, who suffered a stroke in April 2002, and his determination to pursue his dreams of studying aeronautical engineering at university.

He said: “I was surprised to win. It means a lot to me that people recognise everything I am doing.”

Victoria Williamson, 17, from Hevingham, near Norwich, was given the sporting achiever accolade for commitment to sprint track cycling and winning an impressive amount of medals. Victoria rides for the Great Britain junior team and in 2010 competed in Italy, Russia and Belgium. She is on the British Cycling Sprint Olympic Development Programme.

Kelsey McTaggart, 17, from near Watton, won the bravery award and the Bernard Matthews Young Person of the Year award. Tom Buck, 15, from near Dereham, won the young farmer category while the Eco Bugs Group from Wayland Community High, Watton, were the environment winners. The culture award went to Matthew Neave, 17, from North Walsham. Nathan Ward, 15, from Lowestoft, won the charity category. Charlie Dinsdale and Witney Catchpole, 17 and 16, from near Lowestoft, won the community category.