Updated: Saturday, 22nd February 2020 @ 5:50am

'An amazing contribution': Salford youngsters tell their stories in inspiring new film

'An amazing contribution': Salford youngsters tell their stories in inspiring new film

| By MM staff

Young people may get a bad reputation in some quarters but seven of Salford’s most inspiring have been invited to tell their stories in a unique new film.

The video Inspiring Stories has been created as part of the city’s Youth Day – a day of activities organised by young people for young people which celebrates the contribution young Salfordians make to their city. 

The young people were chosen from public nominations to star in the short film which was premiered on Youth Day on Wednesday August 12. The film was created by students from Salford City College. 

Councillor John Merry, assistant mayor for children’s services, said: “Young people make an amazing contribution to Salford whether it’s representing the city through their talent, fundraising for local good causes, caring for family members or simply inspiring others by showing that personal difficulties can be overcome. 

“We wanted to capture some of those stories to show how proud we are of their achievements and show everyone else in the city how they demonstrate the Spirit of Salford in what they do.” 

Ten other young people who were nominated have received a certificate and letter thanking them for their contribution to the city. 

The young people who star in the film are: 

Robyn Newell, 13, from Clifton who has a serious heart condition but raised £1000 for the Children’s Heart Association. She took part in a sponsored trampoline Jump-a-thon in March despite having had a major heart operation weeks before the event. 

Hannah Payton, 17, from Swinton who has Downs Syndrome but never lets her disability get in her way. She has represented England and Great Britain in swimming and is currently studying at Eccles College (Skills for Life foundation certificate.) 

Ewan Wilson, 12, from Langworthy trains at 5am twice a week and most evenings to represent Salford in swimming – but is always on time for school and is an exemplary student. Ewan was recently awarded the Young Talent Award 2015 by the City of Salford Swimming Club and is ranked second in the country for his age.He hopes to be a future Olympic medallist. 

John Hoey, 18, from Little Hulton, spends a lot of time caring for his disabled parents but is chasing his dream of becoming a professional dancer. He is now Ambassador at The Lowry and has written funding bids to involve other children and young people in dance and the performing arts. 

Kerry Morton, 16, from Walkden has cared for her parents for many years but has not let it affect her studies at Moorside High School. Kerry has campaigned for more recognition for young carers and has planned and organised a young carers’ awareness and fund raising day at school. 

Bethany Saville, 15, from Swinton was recognised by the Rotary Club of Salford last year for acts of good citizenship. She is a member of Salford’s Youth Council with responsibility for safeguarding, a member of Manchester United Foundation Choir, takes part in Manchester United girls football tournaments and has taken part in the Young Enterprise scheme, mentoring school students, school talent competitions and performances and the BBC Young Reporter scheme. Her school (The Swinton High School) say she always gives 100% in effort and passion and sets a great example to other pupils. 

Alex Norris, 11, from Winton is also a young carer and was nominated for his resilience and accepting any challenge asked of him in school or outside without complaint. He is a school councillor who works with fellow students to improve the school, works with older students on student panel interviews, a fantastic public speaker and has organised charity events at Salford City Academy who describe him as an invaluable contributor to the school and outstanding citizen. 

Here is the film: