15Hatfields to host London’s first Young People of the Year awards

Award winning sustainable venue, 15Hatfields, is hosting London’s first Young People of the Year awards on Saturday 29th March 2014. Young People of the Year (YOPEY) is a charitable campaign aimed at recognising the achievements of Britain’s 10-25 year olds, and helps to improve their negative image in the media. 

15Hatfields offers an impressive event space holding up to 550 reception style, state of the art AV equipment and expert support for the duration of every event, making it the ideal venue to welcome the 200+ expected guests for London’s first YOPEY award ceremony. Located just off London’s Southbank, 15Hatfields is a non profit venue with all proceeds gift aided back to their parent company – the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. This money helps make improvements to the environment and public health awareness.

Warren Campbell, General Manager at 15Hatfields commented: “we are delighted to be hosting the first London YOPEY’s. The awards ceremony compliments our sustainable ethos, and we will always support charitable organisations.”

Joint sponsors and 15Hafields’ preferred catering supplier, Eden, will be providing lunch at the ceremony. Eden has 20 years’ experience in creating stylish food for events and only ever uses locally sourced, fair trade and seasonal produce. 15Hatfields and Eden have forged a longstanding relationship dating back to 2008 and continue to work daily to improve their sustainable event practices. 

Over recent years the YOPEY campaign has gained significant publicity off the back of similar events held in the Home Counties. However, it is testament to the growing awareness surrounding the campaign that it is to be held in London for the first time.

The YOPEY’s rely on generous financial support from a number of global companies. The London YOPEY’s main sponsor is the John Lewis Partnership, which has demonstrated its keen support by urging all London staff to join in and nominate young people from their community who are making a difference. Emma Marchant, Community Investment Manager at John Lewis, said: “We are pleased to be sponsoring this fantastic competition which rewards hard working, community-spirited young people right across London."

There is a diverse group of other companies who are also supporting the first London YOPEY, including Artemis Investment Management, Takeda pharmaceutical development, Arriva buses, HostelBookers budget accommodation specialists, The Big Choice Group graduate recruitment and The Ritz hotel.

Mayor Boris Johnson has also shown his support for the YOPEY, suggesting that: “London is full of talented young people who are doing amazing things to help their communities; it is fantastic that Young People of the Year are showcasing the achievements of these role models and encouraging more youngsters to strive to be the best they can.”

For more information visit the official YOPEY website: http://www.youngpeopleoftheyear.org/

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