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The High Sheriff of Lancashire’s Young Citizen Award

Philippa Richings


Philippa Richings

Aged 18 from Lancaster, nominated by Kate Ridings.

Philippa became acutely unwell about two years ago ,whilst studying for her A-levels at a local Grammar School .Due to the decline in her emotional well-being and lack of understanding from friends, family and school, Phillipa had two lengthy admissions to hospital ,having to be moved to various wards around the North West.

Following discharge Philippa volunteered to join The Crew, a small group of young people and parents who have used the Mental Health Services and are involved in Service Development for Adolescent Mental Health Services. She has shown a professional approach to being on interview panels for staff; offered advice and guidance to The Youth Council and assisted trainee’s on the Approved Mental Health Professionals course.

The session that Philippa attended with a group of Adolescent Mental Health Professionals (AMHP) trainees offered them a direct insight in to how young people feel when the Mental Health Act is used, she also suggested ways with least restrictive options could be explored before young people were detained .Phillipas bravery discussing a subject and process that she knows has long term implications for her future career and travel prospects, is admirable.

Philippas open, honest, description and explanation of how severe mental illness can affect every aspect of someone’s life are inspiring for all young people and professionals. She is an excellent panel member and can reflect on what approaches young people would benefit from, in a professional way. Phillipas confidence has grown over the last year, and although she gets nervous when presenting, her natural talent for public speaking and caring nature shines through.

2nd Place

David Reid

Aged 15 from Accrington, nominated by The Mayor, Councillor Marlene Haworth.

Five years ago, David, then 11, a student at St Christophers CE High, Accrington, was so unhappy at the shabby state of the West End play area, on Blackburn Road, Oswaldtwistle, that he began a campaign to get it improved. After much hard work on his behalf, the £100,000 play park was officially opened in April 2015, 4years later.

Although it was a long time coming, it was David who instigated the whole project and without him it would not have been possible. The new play area has attracted funding from Lancashire Environmental Fund, New Ground Together and the Windfall Fund Amongst others and features new play equipment chosen by local children, a toddlers play zone, a wildlife zone, and an older children’s playground.  David was brave enough to attend community meetings to voice his reasons for the play area revamp and to get lots of support for his campaign.

David has selflessly campaigned for this playground as he is too old to use it, but it will be used by his younger siblings and many other children for years to come. This facility and the £100,000 investment would not have happened if it wasn’t for David’s prolonged determination to make this happen.

3rd Place

Adam Platt

Aged 20 from Chorley, nominated by Tracy Connolly

 Adam has been with Chorley’s angel’s first aid team in the community for 2 years, and regularly has more volunteer hours than any other member. Adam has updated social media pages and assists in some of the core administration updates and requirements, including working alongside Chorley Council.

As well as dedicating a lot of his time to the Angels for First Aid cover, and many more projects he has recently set up a weather and travel watch that works alongside Chorley Fm, which ensures the local community are kept up to date day and night. He also worked as a Dispatcher for Blood bikes coordinating the safe passage of vital medical supplies, Adams passion and caring nature for people ensured he achieved his goal in attaining three automated external defibrillators in areas he identified as necessary. Even with Adams own health issues of Behcet’s disease, which is an auto immunity inflammatory disease and dyslexia and dyspraxia he achieved a level three award in education and training to enable him to deliver defibrillator awareness sessions.

Adams nature is best illustrated by his swift actions at the recent floods, where he quickly identified the immediate needs of the Croston care home. and took it upon himself to purchase and provide essential supplies out of his own pocket, until he arranged a more permanent solution. He then spent the rest of the days that followed in Croston assisting the flood rescue teams wherever possible. Adams colleagues at Charlie’s Angels describe him as ‘A breath of fresh air’ one of the most ‘loyal, trustworthy and reliable young man’ and his enthusiasm is contagious within the group.


The High Sheriff of Lancashire with Philippa Richings and Adam Platt, being interviewed at That's Lancashire.