YOPEY win for brave stroke survivor Beth

YOPEY winner Beth Sinfield with David Bowater and Ray Berry
YOPEY winner Beth Sinfield with David Bowater and Ray Berry

Bedfordshire’s Lord Lieutenant Helen Nellis described her as ‘truly inspirational’ while Linslade mayor, Cllr Ray Berry, said he was ‘humbled’ by her achievements.

Leighton Linslade student Bethany Sinfield’s brave battle back to health after a devastating stroke when she was just 17 has been recognised and rewarded with a Young Person of the Year award.

She received the accolade, together with a cheque for £400, at a gala event at Cranfield University on Friday.

The former Cedars Upper schoolgirl – runner-up to Luton’s Dawood Masood – said: “Winning second place was utterly amazing.

“When they called my name I was honestly in shock – it felt surreal. I met some incredible people, such inspirational finalists with such moving stories.

“I was also very grateful that the evening raised awareness of stroke.”
She added the award had motivated her to set up a Twitter page called Beth’s Story @standuptostroke

and explained: “It’s a blog about what happened to me. I want to encourage other young stroke survivors to post their stories so we can share our experiences and let others know they’re not alone.”

Beth, 20, who’s studying psychology, sociology and English at Milton Keynes, and who’s recently passed her driving test, is also headlining a campaign to ensure the ROSIER assessment - Recognition of Stroke in the Emergency Room - is applied routinely to young people at A&E with symptoms like slurring, vomiting and headaches.

Helen Nellis applauded her efforts and said: “To work so tirelessly for the benefit of others while still recuperating is truly inspirational.”

> The mission of the annual YOPEY awards is to reveal unsung young heroes aged between 10 and 25, recognise them publicly and reward the very best who go on to become positive role models for their peers.