New community awards to celebrate volunteers from across West Norfolk will pay tribute to a North Lynn girl who “was always smiling” throughout her battle with bone cancer.
Monday night’s What Ya Say Volunteer Awards have been organised by three local groups in honour of Jessika-Mae Prior, who volunteered with a North Lynn youth group before her death in March.
The North Lynn Discovery Centre combined forces with West Norfolk Youth Advisory Board and Twisted Melon Promotions to organise the awards as a celebration of volunteers and all that they do.
Jimmy Yallop, manager at North Lynn Dicovery Centre, said: “We all thought the world of Jessika. She had this fantastic spirit and was always smiling despite her illness.
“We just couldn’t believe what had happened to her, it was a tragedy. We were going to have her as guest of honour at the awards before she died, and now she will still be our special guest.”
There will also be a collection on the night for the Teenage Cancer Trust in Jessika-Mae’s memory.
Mr Yallop said: “We want her mum to take some comfort in the fact that she is being remembered like this.”
The awards are being hosted by Lynn Corn Exchange and will feature a film made by local children and live music by local bands Jessie’s Ghost, Rebelation, Only Young and Middle Class Sons.
Mr Yallop said: “The awards are all about young people and promoting what we do.
“There are a lot of adults out there giving up their time to put on activities for young people – hopefully by promoting them we will encourage others to come forward.
“There’s a lot of people doing very good work out in the villages.”
The awards are the first event to be organised by What Ya Say, the replacement for West Norfolk Youth Advisory Board which was decommisioned in 2011.
For more information, go to www.northlynn discoverycentre.co.uk/Youth-Advisory-Board or www.whatyasay.com