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CBBC's Blue Peter announces gold badge winners of 2009

Award-winning CBBC flagship series, Blue Peter, today announces a raft of celebrities and young people who have been presented with its famous gold badge for inspiring children during 2009.

The winners will be presented with their gold badges during a Blue Peter special on Tuesday 5 January 2010 on BBC One at 4.35pm.

Jenson Button, Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis and Gary Barlow all join the exclusive club of gold badge winners, whose members already include Her Majesty The Queen.

Gold badges also went to the Ashes-winning England women's cricket team; Comic Relief stalwart Lenny Henry; and Horrid Henry author Francesca Simon, as well as several up-and-coming stars, including world champion diver Tom Daley and Tracy Beaker actress Dani Harmer.

Blue Peter – the longest running children's series in the world – has given out fewer than 1,000 of these prestigious gold badges in its 51-year history. But, as well as the famous faces, the badges also go to children who have achieved something extraordinary.

Like Isaiah, better known as Li'l Dreadz – who became an internet sensation with his anti-knife crime rap, It Doesn't Have To Happen.

Blue Peter has also recognised unsung heroes, including Rory and Taron, who rescued a microlight pilot who had crashed. They were presented with their gold badges by Ryan Giggs – who received a gold badge himself for his record-breaking footballing achievements from another sporting legend, Sir Bobby Charlton.

Tim Levell, Editor of Blue Peter, said: "Once again, Britain's children have done us proud. These stories of bravery, perseverance, selflessness, commitment and achievement show just how many unsung heroes there are among our young people. It was incredibly tough to choose those who got Blue Peter gold badges, but we feel these children represented the best of Britain in 2009.

"We are delighted too, to present badges to a golden selection of celebrities. We know that their achievements will inspire our young viewers to aim high as they grow up."

Gold Badge winners – celebrities:

Ryan Giggs – for being the first footballer to collect 11 Premier League winner's medals.

Jenson Button – for becoming Formula One World Champion.

Tony Hawk – the world's most famous skateboarder, who has created record-breaking computer games series for 10 years.

Usain Bolt – for becoming the fastest man in the world.

Gary Barlow – for organising the Comic Relief Kilimanjaro climb.

Lenny Henry – for 21 years fronting Red Nose Day, which set a new record in 2009.

Tom Daley – for winning Gold at the World Diving Championships.

Jessica Ennis – for becoming World Heptathlon Champion at the World Championships.

Michael Rosen – for being Children's Laureate 2007-9.

Dani Harmer – for starring as Tracy Beaker in the drama set in a children's care home, CBBC's most successful drama series.

Andrew Strauss – for captaining the England team which won the Ashes.

Francesca Simon – the children's author, for 15 years writing Horrid Henry books, which have now sold more than 12 million copies.

Hope Powell – for managing the England women's football team, which reached the final of the World Cup.

Shaheen Jafargholi – for singing in front of a TV audience of 2.5 billion at Michael Jackson's memorial service.

The England women's cricket team – for winning the women's Ashes.

Gold Badge winners – Young People – includes:

Rory, 11 and Taran Goodband, 12, Monmouthshire
Rory and Taran used their orienteering skills to locate where a microlight had crashed in a dense forest. Rescue workers said the pilot and his passenger could have died if the schoolboys had not found them, as they had been unable to find the crash site.

Li'l Dreadz, 12, Dorset
Li'l Dreadz won an emcee competition with an anti-knife crime rap, and is involved in campaigning against knife crime, by holding events/leafleting.

Lauren, 10, Sussex
Lauren was born with spina bifida, but taught herself to walk and now dances. She works with Sasba, a spina bifida charity, and has raised £25,000 through events including a glider flight.

Sophie, 11, Midlands
Sophie writes an inspirational blog about her life with leukaemia, which has been read all over the world: www.codebrush.com/sophie. She also raises money and awareness for leukaemia.

Louise, 12, Northern Ireland
Louise contracted meningitis, and as a result now has two artificial legs and an artificial arm. Every year she does a sponsored walk (over 7.5 miles) for Meningitis Face UK and raises large amounts. Louise has been the face of Meningitis UK.

Max, 10, Kent
Max nursed his dying grandmother and was with her when she died. He slept at the end of her bed and looked after her during the night.

John, 12, and Andrew, 13, Inverness
John and Andrew saved a school bus from crashing when the driver blacked out. One grabbed the wheel, whilst the other pulled the handbrake. They helped the other 14 boys off the bus before flagging down vehicles to get help.

Ali, 12, Swindon
Ali was left outside Palna orphanage in Delhi as a baby, and has since been adopted in England. On revisiting the Indian orphanage, he was inspired to raise money – £4,000 over three years, by giving speeches, selling plants, cakes and organising charity dinners.

Karina, 13, Salford
Karina was the winner of Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award. She was chosen from 6,153 entries, aged 11-17, from 48 countries.

Notes to Editors

CBBC was named Children's Channel of the Year at the Broadcast Digital Awards in June 2009.

Figures show that CBBC is one of the most-loved channels for children, reaching more six to 12 year olds than any other children's channel in the UK.

TD

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