James Bond star presents Havant teenager with award for tackling community challenges

Callum Allen,14, from Havant, has success in his sights after James Bond star Colin Salmon presented him with a national award for achievement.
Callum Allen,14, from Havant, has success in his sights after James Bond star Colin Salmon presented him with a national award for achievement.
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AN INSPIRATIONAL 14-year-old has received a national award from a James Bond star for working to improve the lives of young people.

Callum Allen, from Havant was handed Active Communities Network’s (ACN) Highly Commended Award for Achievement in Education by Bond actor Colin Salmon during a ceremony in London on February 17.

The teenager, who has struggled academically in the past, took part in outreach sessions with the charity and starting working with a youth forum and the police to explore challenges in Leigh Park.

His work resulted in him attaining a Level 1 qualification in developing community activities for youth at risk, awarded by 1st 4 Sport.

He picked up the award at the charity’s 10th anniversary in the ceremony where he was congratulated by Mr Salmon, who played MI6 agent Charles Robinson in three Bond films.

Mr Salmon said: ‘Young people like Callum are a credit to their communities. Life can be tough in the areas where ACN works and it’s great to see teenagers engaging and getting involved.’

Callum previously met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge through ACN.

Sharon Allen, Callum’s mum said: ‘Being involved with ACN has been brilliant for Callum. He has done a ranger of different course and it’s brilliant he gets the praise and recognition for achieving something. He does struggle and so this recognition really does make a different to him.’