London: Amol Neupane, 10, from Kent, has received the British Citizen Youth Award with the Medal of Honour at the Palace of Westminster.
Dame Mary Perkins, Founder of Specsavers, presented the award to Amol amidst a ceremony. The British Citizen Youth Award in association with Specsavers is now in its fifth year and recognises exceptional under 18’s who have positively impacted their communities through the county.
During lockdown, Amol cycled a staggering 400km over a three-week period, raising over £3,300 for the Oxford University Coronavirus Vaccine Research Project, which today is saving thousands of lives.
Having seen what he can achieve through self-discipline and motivation Amol is undertaking a 1,000 km fundraising challenge for school children in rural Nepal, to raise money for education and technology.
The money raised will go to Friends of NIC-Nepal charity, which helps to build low-cost solar powered interactive computers at The National Innovation Centre Nepal, which will be loaded up with the necessary school curriculum and learning materials. Amol’s passion for cycling has encouraged many other children within his school to take this up, promoting healthy living and positive mental health.
Since the age of seven Amol has been involved with various local charities, actively involved in fundraising and volunteering with Greenwich Rotary Club and Bexley Rotary Club, helping them in their local community projects, such as the Safe Cycling to school campaign, Healthy eating in school and a fundraising walk.