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THE MAYOR'S AWARD
in memory of Ben Corfield
The Mayor of Dudley, Sue Greenaway, has highlighted three local young people who have stood out for their voluntary and charity work in the borough. The trio have been put forward for the Mayor's award 2023, which will be decided by a public vote.
This year's Mayor's Award is in memory of Ben Corfield, who tragically lost his life in November 2022, aged 19. Ben was an active member in the community having been chair of Dudley Youth Council and Dudley's youth member of parliament and ran for the position of Dudley's youth police and crime commissioner. Ben also volunteered at the Black Country Wellbeing Centre and was an active Street Watch member.
Emma spent 2021 and 2022 fundraising for The Mary Stevens Hospice in memory of her Nanna.
Aged 10, Emma decided to walk 30 miles each month throughout 2021 to celebrate the hospice's 30th year, and raised over £7,000. She gave up every weekend to clock up the miles, and in June 2021 as an extra challenge walked 60 miles.
In 2022, aged 11, she challenged herself to climb 22 mountains and in October she climbed her 22nd peak. She raised over £3,000 and climbed mountains including Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon - sometimes climbing multiple mountains in one week.
Four years ago when Callum was 13 years old, he decided that Pensnett Coppice needed a friends group. So along with his grandparents and two family friends, Callum started Friends of the Coppice. The group has gone from strength to strength after its initial beginnings of regular litter picks.
Callum’s enthusiasm was key to successful funding bids for two benches, additional litter bins and tools to help keep brambles under control and the spot looking the best it can be. Callum is not yet old enough to hold an official position within the group but he regularly attends meetings, is an admin for the group Facebook page and coordinates the group members.
Katie Jayne Wood
Katie is 14 years old and has assisted with the setting up and running of Halesowen's annual carnival since 2015. This started with her volunteering to help set up and clear the field, but Katie's involvement has increased every year since.
During December she walked the streets with Halesowen North Santa Run, helping to raise £1,500 for charities including Birmingham Children's Hospital.
Katie also helps to teach Kung Fu to three to five year olds at her Martial Arts club twice a week.