Louis Johnson BCyA is a familiar name in his hometown of Wolverhampton and the surrounding area, particularly amongst local charities and fundraisers alike.
At the age of 15, Louis has already helped 18 charities, and in October 2016 was awarded the British Citizen Youth Award at Westminster Palace – the youngest ever recipient – in recognition of his dedication to fundraising and helping others. That’s where the letters after his name come from!
Louis has also received numerous other awards, including Express & Star Ambassador of the Year and the Outstanding Young Citizens Award from the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, after he assisted elderly people in the community during lockdown. Only this week, Louis attended the Community Inspiration Awards where he was runner up in the Volunteer Award category – quite the achievement considering he was the only under 18 to receive a nomination.
We’re very lucky to have Louis as one of our supporters. Louis has been fundraising for Compton since he was 4 years old, after his nan was cared for on our Inpatient Unit. Louis and his mum started taking part in the Memory Walk, and the rest is history! From donating food hampers to receiving our Young Ambassador Award, Louis has done it all, and as part of our 40th celebrations we wanted to recognise his contribution to #TeamCompton. Louis’ mum kindly caught up with us while Louis was at school (much to Louis’ disappointment as he loves visiting Compton!) and talked through some of her photos of Louis’ fundraising efforts for us over the years.
“Louis took part in the Memory Walk in 2012, his first ever walk for Compton. It was the start of a fantastic relationship with the charity. Since then, he’s took part in numerous events and supported campaigns such as Quid for Compton.”
Louis has kindly donated multiple hampers and prizes over the years, for both our own raffles and those containing supplies to give directly to our patients. He has also run fundraising stalls at local events, selling handmade cards, bags, cakes.. you name it! Here are just a few examples…
“Louis won a raffle and chose the stepping stones as pictured above, which were placed in the garden at Compton Hall for everyone to enjoy.”
“The Memory Walk holds a special place in Louis’ heart as it was his first encounter with fundraising for Compton and he is able to take part in memory of his nan. He loved it when his assigned number was 007 and he went dressed as James Bond! He’s also loved volunteering at Colour Blast – he volunteered to help cover people in paint but I think he ended up the most covered!”
“This was the last event Louis took part in for Compton to date. The 2021 Memory Walk had an amazing turnout and Louis can’t wait for the next big event.”
Louis also visits our shops every week and is a regular visitor at our Compton Hall site. We are incredibly grateful to Louis for all of his hard work and can’t wait to see what he gets up to next.
Thank you, Louis. 💛
To get involved with fundraising for us during our 40th birthday year, please click here.