Community Champion Award for Riley

Year 10 Risedale School pupil Riley Manuel has won the Community Champion Award at the Service Children Awards.

The judges were told that Riley consistently dedicated his free time to making a positive impact, devoting countless hours to his community, from litter picking around the Garrison to assisting local councillors.

He also volunteers at Bramble Woods and aspires to raise funds for his football and rugby teams.

Additionally, Riley demonstrates responsibility at home, helping with his younger siblings who require extra care while his father serves away in the military.

Riley’s stepmother, Amy, said: “Riley is an extraordinary and resilient young man.

“His caring nature and positive attitude inspire him to put others before himself.

“He takes on a lot of responsibility at home, looking after his younger disabled siblings, and it makes us incredibly proud.”

Service children’s champion, Angela Campbell, who conceived the awards ceremony, said that Riley was a “very worthy winner”.

“He told me he felt incredibly proud and determined to continue making a positive impact,” she added.

Stacey Johnson, Risedale service children’s advocate, said: “I’m immensely proud of Riley.

“He embodies the values of a true community champion and is a credit to the Risedale family. We have no doubt he’ll achieve great things.”

Catterick Garrison Football Centre manager, Neil Rooney, added: “Riley is also a qualified football referee and often referees games for the junior teams of Catterick Garrison Football Centre.

“Well done Riley.”