Preston student steps in to help ensure High Sheriff of Lancashire’s community celebration can happen virtually

Posted on - 24th March, 2021 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Education, Preston News, UCLan
Jennifer McGrath has been tasked with helping the High Sheriff of Lancashire
Jennifer McGrath has been tasked with helping the High Sheriff of Lancashire

An events management student from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is helping the High Sheriff of Lancashire to ensure an annual community celebration is still able to go ahead.


First year student Jennifer McGrath has been tasked with organising a virtual ceremony for the High Sheriff of Lancashire’s Young Citizen of the Year Awards.

This is an event that takes place every year to celebrate young people from the county who have done something selfless to help their local neighbourhood, an individual, family member or local organisation.

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Not wanting to let pandemic restrictions get in the way, Lancashire Partnership Against Crime (LANPAC), which organises the awards ceremony, contacted UCLan’s student events team EntrEvents to help them take the occasion online.

EntrEvents is a booking service run by UCLan events management students to ensure they gain practical, hands-on experience of organising real events throughout their studies.

Student Jennifer said: “This is the largest event I’ve organised so far with around 200 guests expected to attend.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with LANPAC to make sure that even though the ceremony is virtual, it will still have a great atmosphere and buzz about it.

“The right music and soundtrack are key to this and I’ve really loved having the autonomy to be creative.”

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Jennifer has been liaising with LANPAC manager Al Yusuf for the last two months to organise the awards ceremony.

He said: “The High Sheriff of Lancashire’s Young Citizen Awards ceremony is a prestigious event and this year it has been a privilege for LANPAC to work closely with EntrEvents at UCLan.

“Considering the circumstances, EntrEvents has managed to organise a virtual awards ceremony for over 200 participants in a short period, which is an excellent achievement.

“The dedication, commitment and professionalism shown by EntrEvents is admirable – from organising meetings, preparing a comprehensive event proposal, contract, graphics and regular contact with the LANPAC team.

“EntrEvents at UCLan has done a fabulous job in organising the awards ceremony and it’s been a pleasure to work with them. Jennifer was very helpful and much appreciated.”

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This year’s High Sheriff of Lancashire’s Young Citizen Award Ceremony will, for the first time, take place virtually on Wednesday, 24 March.

Catherine Penny, High Sheriff of Lancashire, said: “I’m so pleased that the awards ceremony can still take place in the current difficult circumstances we all face.

“It’s more important than ever that we celebrate and recognise the amazing work young people from Lancashire do and I want to thank the award sponsors UCLan, EntrEvents and particularly Jennifer McGrath for helping to make it happen.”

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