SCHOOLGIRL Emily Bosworth has been recognised as a ‘little hero’ – scooping a £1,000 eco holiday for five people.
The 13-year-old received the accolade from TV presenter Gabby Logan at the fifth Future Friendly Awards in London.
The Future Friendly Awards from Procter and Gamble are a nationwide search for community groups and individuals who are making a difference through championing sustainability.
Emily’s mum Rebecca Kelly, from Berry Brow, saw the competition advertised on Facebook and nominated her daughter.
Rebecca, a nurse, said: “I sent an email nominating her and then I just forgot about it and a few weeks later I got a reply.
“We didn’t tell Emily that she had won – just that she had been nominated – so she found out at the awards ceremony, and it was a surprise.”
Eco-conscious Emily, a Newsome High School pupil, goes through all the household rubbish to make sure that everything goes into the correct recycling bin.
She also washes all the tins and bottles she and her mum use and removes the labels ready for recycling.
Rebecca said: “She’s always turning the taps off so you don’t waste water when you’re brushing your teeth in the morning.
“She’s always been like that. I think she’s learned a lot about it at school and has taken it all on board.
“She doesn’t know what she wants to do in the future yet.”
Emily is going to take her mum – who works at Calderdale Royal Hospital – and some school friends on the eco holiday in Wales.
They will stay in a cottage set in 45 acres of native woodland and pasture, overlooking Snowdonia National Park.
Nearby is the Centre for Alternative Technology, where they will learn about aspects of green living including environmental building, eco-sanitation, woodland management, renewable energy, energy efficiency and organic growing.
Emily said: “I am so happy to have won the Future Friendly Little Hero Award – particularly as I was up against such great finalists. All this year’s entrants are so inspiring and deserve their recognition.
“And I’m really looking forward to going on my eco holiday.”
A panel of sustainability experts – including representatives from the Energy Saving Trust, Waste Watch and Waterwise – selected the national winners of each category, resulting in Emily being crowned the ultimate ‘Little Hero’.
TV presenter Gabby Logan said: “It’s a real honour to be involved in this year’s Future Friendly Awards, it has been truly inspiring to hear all our finalists’ stories.
“It just goes to show what you can achieve when you take sustainable action, even in small, everyday ways”.