Pride In Peterborough Award - April 2009

Year 13 student, furhaan Altaf has recently been awarded the Evening Telegraph's Pride in Peterborough Award in the category "Service to the Community".

The Awards Ceremony took place on 23 April 2009 at the Marriott Hotel where the three finalists from each category were invited to celebrate Peterborough's unsung heroes hosted by Eastenders star, Natalie Cassidy.Furhaan receiving Pride In Peterborough Award

Furhaan was nominated for this presitgious award because of his commitment and accomplishments in both his charity work and local politics. In his spare time he is a Fund Raiser for Age Concern and works with the Young Muslim Advisory Group, in which he organised a conference in Ipswich in March to address issues such as extremism. He is also currently serving as Vice Chairman of the Youth Council, which includes sitting on the Environment Sub Group and is a panel member for the Youth Bank. At school Furhaan is concentrating on his 'A' Level exams and is also a House Leader for Nightingale House and Mentor to a Year 8 student.

Furhaan said that his category was one of the last awards of the evening to be announced and was filled with anxiety whilst he was waiting. Chief Executive of Peterborough City Council, Gillian Beasley presented the award and as she ehld the envelope in her hand, Furhaan said his insides were about to burst. When she called his name he was speechless, not expecting to win.

He was presented with a trophy and certificate and spent the evening celebrating with his family and the other award winners.

Furhaan would like to thank Michelle McGrath for nominating him for this prestigious award and said "I am so proud to receive this award. There's a lot that needs to be done out there, we can make a difference and a lot of people don't have that belief in themselves. Just changing one person's life will stay with you forever."

Mrs Greaves