Urban Hero Awards 2012: Inspiration Award
The Inspiration Award goes to Emma Wilkinson.
Emma has impressed the team on Eden Buttershaw in Bradford because of her great character and mature faith in God despite being just 14 years old.
Citing her faith in God who she discovered simply by reading her Gideon Bible from school, she felt moved to start a group in her school called the Peer Pastoral Team designed to care for her fellow pupils. This led to invitations to lead assemblies and even teach RE lessons to years 7, 8 and 9 classes, as well as requests for prayer from both students and teachers. She organised a gala day with a range of activities, raising over £350 for good causes.
Emma’s nominating youth worker writes, ‘This is a girl who found God not through going to church but all by herself. She carries a Gideon Bible around with her and through her faith in God lives out her life giving everything to her Daddy God in heaven.
‘She is the most radical, inspiring young person I have ever met. Her story is one that needs to be told so others my be inspired and challenged on how we live our lives and the choices we make.’