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Stand-up teenager Sam is recognised for good deeds
Sam Lakey, received the community award on his 16th birthday, on Monday, in a
ceremony with town crier Terry Williams and Semble’s Simon Waterfall in Bodmin town
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Sam Lakey, received the community award on his 16th birthday, on Monday, in a
ceremony with town crier Terry Williams and Semble’s Simon Waterfall in Bodmin town
centre

14th April 2021

By Ollie Young

A Bodmin youngster received a timely birthday present as the town turned out to honour his efforts during the pandemic.

Sam Lakey was nominated for Semble’s competition that recognised ‘good deeds’ before scooping the award on his 16th birthday.

The teen was presented the award on Monday by Simon Waterfall of Semple and Bodmin town crier, Terry Williams.

Sam worked through the pandemic, helping with food packages for Cultivate Cornwall, whose found paid tribute to the award winner.

Harry Deacon said: “Sam is one of our top volunteers was rightfully recognised on Monday for his work through lockdowns supporting the local community as a young person.

“A brilliant achieve-ment and we are delighted that our volunteers are getting the recognition they deserve.”

In front of a busy crowd of family and friends, Sam was surprised with a cheque for £200 as his supporters braved the weather to salute their hero.

The award is part of Soda Folk’s ‘good deeds charity’ that sees the company take part of its turnover and use it to help those who help others.

Soda Folk is a nationwide company, based in Northamptonshire, who lists its mission as ‘ to introduce soda drinkers to a world full of flavours that are authentic, honest, natural and true to their roots.’

Sam’s efforts came as part of Cultivate Cornwall’s monumental project during the covid-19 pandemic, which saw them deliver food parcels to those normally in need.

The team, run by Harry and John Lakey, have supported food banks across the county as the demand for food sky rocketed during the numerous lockdowns.

It is estimated that during the numerous lockdowns, the crew provided over 500,000 meals to those in need.

Harry also recently revealed that plans were afoot for an exciting new collaboration with the FareShare organisation that will see them continue to make food accessible for people suffering poverty.

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