Nation Hits holds Swansea Bay Young Achiever Awards

From a press release to
Posted 30 July 2014, 8.18am edt

Television's Nick Knowles took time out from filming yesterday to surprise some of the most inspirational young people in South West Wales at the Swansea Bay Young Achiever Awards.

The presenter who hosts the TV quiz show Who Dares Wins, The National Lottery: Break The Safe, and the hugely successful home renovation programme DIY SOS, was in Swansea filming the new series of the show.

The familiar face made the surprise visit following an invite from Nation Hits! breakfast presenter Jay Curtis who interviewed the star at the home of Jack Morris, aged 14, who was born with a rare form of muscular dystrophy called central core myopothy.

The TV home makeover show team are in the city this week transforming his property with the help of local volunteers and tradesmen.

The event was also hosted by the Nation Hits! presenter, and Leona Vaughan, the Cardiff born actress who's currently starring in CBBC's television series Wolfblood as Jana.

Jay said: "It was a brilliant surprise, as I hadn't told anyone that he might be coming just in case he wasn't able to make it. I was shocked when half way through the night he walked in and stood at the back of the room. "It meant a few quick changes to the script, and this was a definite first for me."

The night was an opportunity to recognise and reward young people from across the Swansea Bay area in a range of categories from community and voluntary work to business, education and the arts.

Nation Hits! Director Andy Griffiths said the event was a great success: "The twelve young people were truly inspirational for different reasons. It was great to be able to shine the spotlight on such young and positive people. We even had performances from Shaheen, the Swansea born star that shot to fame in 2009 on Britain’s Got Talent and Ragsy from The Voice UK who was mentored by Tom Jones on the hit BBC show."