Tom Allan is a 17-year-old from Leeds, who since Year 7 has stood out from the crowd and made his belief and passion about the environment known to all. He has been an advocate and student voice of his school’s Global Warriors Group, which works across the year groups, building whole-school awareness of the need for action by giving regular assemblies and through the Student Voice. Tom was the driving force behind the school’s successful bid to become a Fairtrade school and is a great advocate of CAFOD and all of the charity’s work. He has promoted reduced energy days in school and at the moment is involved in steering the move to remove all plastics from our canteen.
His environmental efforts across the school captured the attention of the Diocese of Leeds Justice and Peace Commission, and is the first person of his age to be invited to join them. His chaplain said, “Tom gives selflessly of his time and energy. He lives out Gospel values and teachings and weaves into all of his work the Word of God. His impact and influence on other young people is to be celebrated and we are blessed to have him among us in our school community and Diocese.”
Tom Allan, 17
St Marys School, Menston (Diocese of Leeds)