Congratulations to student Owen Brindley who has been awarded an Innovative Young people of 2020 prize by the Nottingham Building Society.
21-year-old Owen who is studying on an E3 course in Personal and Social Development as well as the Employability Pathway – Volunteering received his prize of a £250 tech voucher from the building society.
The Innovative Young People awards shine a light on examples of those aged 10-21 who have found inspiring ways of furthering their education or boosting career aspirations in 2020 amid the many challenges the Covid-19 pandemic has brought. The judging panel were impressed not only by Owens dedication to overcome serious illnesses, but also his drive and ambition to give back to people in need across Nottingham too.
Owen has had to contend with several conditions since birth, including Branchio-oto-renal Syndrome which led to a kidney transplant aged just five, lung problems and he is also partially deaf.
Owen has insisted on putting his energy into helping others and has an impressive list of volunteering achievements to date, including helping to raise vital funds for the When You Wish Upon A Star charitable foundation. He has clocked up hundreds of hours volunteering with community station FMB Radio and Nottingham YMCA Digital and, when Covid-19 restrictions allow it to have the green light, will carry that on in a newly achieved Hospital Radio role broadcasting to Nottingham University Hospital patients.
Alongside his studies and impressive string of volunteering commitments Owen sits on the Student Council at Nottingham College, and has previously held the role of Students’ Union Disability Officer.
I was really shocked and humbled to hear I had won the award, and hope it shows people that it is possible to give back to other people who need help and support even if you face tough times yourself.
That has never been more important than now as we find ourselves in a world where people are facing increased challenges due to the Covid-19 restrictions.
As someone who has spent a lot of time in hospital myself on many occasions I know how important it is to try and keep your spirits as high as possible, and that’s what I try to do for others when I’m DJ-ing for the community and hopefully soon in the hospitals too.
This is a very special award for me and my family – my mum and dad were in tears when I told them I had won it. I would like to say a big thank-you to those who nominated me, and to all of my family and friends, for their amazing and ongoing support.- Owen Brindley