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News: Inno­v­a­tive Owen lands £250 tech prize from The Not­ting­ham Build­ing Society

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Con­grat­u­la­tions to stu­dent Owen Brind­ley who has been award­ed an Inno­v­a­tive Young peo­ple of 2020 prize by the Not­ting­ham Build­ing Society. 

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21-year-old Owen regularly volunteers for local radio.

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. 

Owen said:

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
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  • 12th January 2021 (3:10 PM)
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