Leeds West Academy

British Citizen Youth Award

A Certificate of Honour at the House of Lords

On Thursday 19th October, Leeds West Academy student Junior attended The House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster. This was by special invitation from The Rt Hon. the Lord Dholakia to receive a British Citizen Youth Award. 

Junior was presented with this honour in celebration of his charity work which has seen him help raise over £300,000 for charities including Martin House Hospice, St Leonard's Hospice, St Gemma's Hospice plus many more local and national charities. 

The medal ceremony was held within Westminster Palace and saw Junior get to meet one of his dancing idols and inspirations as Ashley Banjo from dance group Diversity presented the event and presented Junior with his award at the palace. 

Receiving this honour was such a high profile and rare occasion that very few youngsters receive and it had given Junior the letters 'BCyA' after his name. This award means so much to Junior and he said that he wanted to dedicate it to every child out there that has or is being bullied due to wanting to be who they wanted to be, especially male dancers.

Junior attended the Awards at Westminster Palace with his mum Kerry, younger brother Jake and the principal of his dance school Pineapple Performing Arts where Junior has a scholarship. 

Mr Wilcocks said: "Congratulations Junior on your continued charity works, which inspire young people to pursue their talents. The massive funds you have raised for local and national charities are an inspiration to our whole school community. Well done!"