Grime star Bashy to big up young volunteers

Business gurus Martha Lane Fox and Karren Brady also back vinspired awards

Grime and hip hop artist Bashy has been named as an ambassador of vinspired, the volunteering awards scheme for young people run by government-backed charity v.

The scheme, which offers awards for young people who complete 50 or 100 hours of volunteering within a 12 month period, has been established to help improve the employment prospects of young jobseekers aged 16 to 25.

Several business people have also announced their support for the project, including lastminute.com founder Martha Lane Fox, Birmingham City Football Club managing director Karren Brady and Felix Howard, vice president of A&R at EMI Music Publishing.

Bashy said: "I wish the vinspired awards scheme was about when I was still in school because I'd have been involved straight away."

Terry Ryall, chief executive of v, said: "We're really proud that Bashy has chosen to support the scheme and that such prominent business people have recognised it as a valuable addition to any CV."

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