Awards for top local achievers

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Inspirational youngsters are celebrating after being crowned Yorkshire’s Young Achievers.

Cody Hartley, from Thorpe won the Youngster of the Year Award at the 21st Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards last Thursday.

The 11-year-old raised money to buy two defibrillators for local schools after hearing about a little boy who died from a cardiac arrest during a swimming lesson.

Her work led to the donation of a third machine for her karate club.

Rosie King’ from Horbury, scooped the Achievement in Education Award at the event, which was held at Leeds United’s Centenary Pavilion last Thursday evening.

The 15-year-old was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of nine.

She presented a special Newsround programme called My Autism and Me, which won a Royal Television Society Award in 2011.

She was nominated for a children’s BAFTA last year.

Rosie also won the Best Factual Programme Award at the Emmys in February.

The event is organised by the Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation.

It was founded in 1993 to celebrate the achievement of Yorkshire’s young people, and raise money for its children’s charities.

Comedian Jack Carroll, of Brighouse, who shot to fame following his appearance on last year’s Britain’s Got Talent, won the Personality of the Year Award.