1st December 2016

The 3rd annual Mayor’s Fund for London Awards, held 1st December at City Hall, awarded 23 year old Raiché Mederick the Young Londoner of the Year (16-24 yr old) Award 2016. From a shortlist of three outstanding young people, Raiché, from Waltham Forest, shone through for her bravery, entrepreneurship and desire to help others.

Raiché always had a passion for events and helping others and so signed up to the Mayor’s Fund for London’s Creativity Works: Festivals programme, supported by the Berkeley Foundation and delivered in partnership with A New Direction and Create.

With the support of Creativity Works, Raiché has secured a place at the hugely competitive Cato Academy for Tour and Music Management with a bursary. That, along with her extensive charity work, has meant that she hasn’t looked back since and regularly returns to advise new recruits to Creativity Works and new Mentors.

Having suffered from severe burns as a child, Raiché has become a figure of support and a good friend to many, with her amazing motivation and positivity. Raiché is establishing her own charity for burns survivors aged 18+ and will focus on helping them through burns trauma.

The full list of winners include:

School of the Year: Laurel Lane Primary School

Teacher of the Year: Jon Datta – Forest Gate Community School

Innovation: Futureversity

Woman of Influence: Gracia McGrath – Chance UK

Special Recognition Award: Priya Lakhani, CENTURY Tech

Employer of the Year: Network Rail

Youth Employment Awareness: Norton Rose Fulbright

Young London Working Award: 2nd Chance

Mayor’s Fund for London Award – Organisation: Berkeley Foundation

Mayor’s Fund for London Award – Individual: Sophie Livingstone – City Year UK

London Student of the Year Award – under 18: Alexander Volponi

Young Londoner of the Year (16-24 yrs old): Raiché Mederick

The judging panel comprised:

  • Rajesh Agrawal – Deputy Mayor for Business
  • Kim Chaplain – Director of the Charitable Portfolio, Mayor’s Fund for London
  • Kate Franks – Foundation Manager, Innocent Foundation
  • Will Gore – Deputy Managing Editor, ES
  • Harvey McGrath – Trustee, Mayor’s Fund for London
  • Jill Rudnick – Director of Partnerships and Communications, Mayor’s Fund for London

Raiché said: “Creativity Works has helped me to develop myself and discover my career. Events are my passion. I love them.”

Sir Harvey McGrath, Trustee of the Mayor’s Fund for London and Chair of the Judges said: “Raiché is a great example of a young Londoner who has shown resilience and bravery in making the most of the opportunities London has to offer. Congratulations to her and to all the Award winners including Employer of the Year, Network Rail, who has shown outstanding commitment to supporting young Londoners into careers within their organisation as well as in the wider sector.”

Click here to read more about the awards.