Lydia Widdowson, Ruby Clarke and Mia Tobutt, from Ilkeston
Lydia's father died a few years ago and since then she has put all her energy into raising money for Treetops – the charity that supported her and her family through their bereavement. Along with her two best friends, Ruby Clarke and Mia Tobutt, 14-year-old Lydia has organised a cake and bake sale every week without fail for the last year. All three girls attend Ormiston Ilkeston Academy and their work keeping Cupcake Tuesday going impressed their head of year, Sally Castle, who said they were trustworthy, reliable and mature beyond their years.
Matthew Humphreys, from Midway
Matthew Humphreys is 14 and goes to The Pingle School. He acquired a brain injury when he was ten. He has dystonia – similar to cerebral palsy – and other physical disabilities which limit his mobility and speech. He is keen to take part in sport, including disabled cycling. He was nominated by his teacher, Jill Tyler, who said Matthew showed great determination and courage.
Nikita Robinson, from Church Gresley
When a dance school had to stop its lessons, 17-year-old Nikita stepped in. Helped by her mum, Nikita started Mini-stars to make sure three-to-nine-year-olds could keep on dancing. Her informal and fun class soon outgrew the function room and moved to the larger church hall rooms. As the dance classes are such a success, Nikita has taken Mini-stars to Willington and has also started a mini choir. South Derbyshire councillor Ben Stuart nominated Nikita, who is home-schooled, for her initiative and determination and would like to applaud her community spirit.
Abigail Barker, from Sandiacre
Abigail, 11, from Risley Lower Grammar Primary School, has been nominated by mum Belinda for her outstanding music ability. She gained a distinction in her singing exams Grades 1-3 and is now working towards Grade 4. She also plays the flute and has just started piano lessons. In April, Abigail came first in three singing competitions at the Derby Arts Festival.
James Taylor, from West Hallam
James, of Kirk Hallam Community Technology College, was nominated for his amazing fund-raising efforts. The 13-year-old first started fund-raising for the local Stroke Association in memory of his late great-grandma and has not stopped since. This year, James raised £470 for Ben's Den, a charity that raises money for terminally-ill children and their parents to go on holiday. He has also raised money for the Abbotsford Pre-School in West Hallam.