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Owen is an outstanding young role model!

The Nottingham has named NCH resident Owen Brindley as one of just four outstanding young role models from across the country as their Innovative Young People of 2020.

The competition was launched at the end of a year that was extremely hard for most due to the coronavirus pandemic - not least for young people, many of whom faced serious challenges when it came to maintaining confidence levels, keeping their education on track and career goals in focus, amongst many other things.

Owen is the winner of the age 18-21 category winner. He lives in Bilborough with his parents, and impressed the judging panel with not only his dedication to overcome serious illnesses, but also his drive and ambition to give back to people in need across Nottingham too.

The 21-year-old has had to contend with a number of 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.

He has faced more than most, yet 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.

The budding radio star has also 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.

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 coronavirus 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 was nominated by Nottingham City Homes' Kate Rand and Sally Nightingale. Kate explained: “Owen has shown astonishing resilience and steely determination to overcome personal challenges to achieve his goals - at the core of this is desire to help and inspire others.

“He has volunteered as a DJ in various hospital settings, youth clubs and charities and developed a passion for making others smile. He is known for his cheerful disposition and keenness to help and encourage others. Owen is a true person of inspiration - there is no stopping him!”