BBC Radio 1 names four 2016 Teen Heros

BBC Radio 1 has named the four inspirational Radio 1 Teen Heroes of 2016.

The young teens, who have gone above and beyond what is expected of them to help others, will be honoured at Radio 1’s Teen Awards this Sunday 23rd October during the event at London’s SSE Arena, Wembley and will be hosted by Nick Grimshaw and special co-hosts.

Radio 1’s Teen Awards also features music – with performances from Little Mix, Jess Glynne, The Vamps, DNCE and special guests.

The Teen Hero awards include those focused on mental health as well as volunteering, and this year there is also ‘The Make it Digital Teen Hero Award’. The Radio 1 Teen Heroes of 2016 are:

Lewis (15) from Hampshire who despite his own health problems has created a social platform for poorly and disabled young children. Niamh (15) from South Wales who has a rare auto immune illness. Joe (17) and Toby (15) from Suffolk who are active volunteers and fundraisers for Cancer Research UK.

Nominated by Radio 1 listeners, the deserving Teen Heroes were chosen by a panel of judges consisting of Radio 1 DJs and former Teen Heroes.

Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw says: “From his fundraising efforts, to his work in bringing young people together, Lewis is a big inspiration. He has a unique story, has been through so much and is truly deserving of the Teen Hero award.”

Radio 1’s Clara Amfo says: “Every year the Teen Awards shine a light on teens that have done exceptional things up and down the UK and I’m so very happy that Niamh is getting to be part of it this year. Her story truly moved me and her attitude is something that has definitely inspired me and I’m sure it will for all her fellow teens in the audience and for those who are going to be listening at home.”

Radio 1’s Greg James says: “Lauren and Lucy do incredible work to inspire and actively encourage young girls to get involved in tech and engineering jobs. Statistically, these areas are male dominated so anything that can be done to redress the balance I think is really important. It’s a powerful statement to celebrate these two on a stage in front of 10,000 young people, mostly young girls to reinforce the message that no job is out of anyone’s reach for any reason – in this case, particularly gender.”

Radio 1’s Scott Mills says: “Joe and Toby epitomise what the Teen Hero Awards are all about. They had already made a difference busking with their friend Arran for Cancer Research UK and it’s touching that they continue to do this, and volunteer in the CRUK shop every weekend, in his memory. Incredible achievements and I’m thrilled that they are being celebrated.”

Radio 1 will be bringing listeners all of the fun from the awards ceremony – the whole event will be broadcast live on Radio 1 on Sunday 23 October and will be available to watch live on Radio 1’s BBC iPlayer channel, with highlights available to watch on Radio 1’s YouTube channel.

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