Students from primary and secondary schools stood up in front of an audience of over 100 dignitaries, business people, volunteers and teachers to talk about the projects they have been taking part in this year with their volunteers. They spoke with confidence and honesty about their experiences and really impressed everyone.
The winner of our Intellect Books sponsored poetry competition, Erin Stimson from Ashton Gate Primary, read out her poem which delighted everyone. Purab Jayendra from Whitehall Primary who designed the front cover was also there and he said a few words about the inspiration for his picture.
Our patron, the Lord Lieutenant Mary Prior, gave out awards to various schools, businesses and individual volunteers in recognition of their outstanding commitment and dedication to supporting our young people.
We were thrilled to welcome the Lord Mayor Jeff Lovell, the High Sheriff Helen Wilde and the newly elected Mayor Marvin Rees on the day. It was also a privilege to have John Readman, Strategic Director People from Bristol City Council giving a rousing keynote speech. Having so many VIPs present didn't put the young people off their stride and they did themselves proud.
Many thanks to Rolls-Royce for sponsoring the venue and to the other businesses that sponsored the event, Deloitte, CMS, Clarke Willmott and Burges Salmon.
The most important thanks goes to all the individuals who commit their time, energy and resources to helping us support the aspirations, motivation and skill growth of the young people of Bristol.
We are very proud of the work that we do and very grateful to all of you who enable us to make it happen. Thank you.