Ilford man who edits his YouTube videos with his feet nominated for Young Citizen award

PUBLISHED: 17:29 25 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:53 25 July 2017

Isaac Harvey, 20, at Loxford Youth Centre. Picture: Ajay Nair

Isaac Harvey, 20, at Loxford Youth Centre. Picture: Ajay Nair


An adventurous Ilford man whose disability has not held him back from conquering extreme adventures has inspired thousands of people.

Isaac Harvey, 22, was born with limb/pelvic hypoplasia syndrome, which mean he has no arms and a weak pelvis, so does most things with his feet

On his YouTube channel “iNeedaCoolname”, his videos capture the challenges he has conquered, including skydiving and wheelchair slalom.

He has now been nominated for a Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen award and was recently named London’s best young vlogger.

In his video “Hard Work (It Pays Off), Isaac talks about how his sporting activities, including sailing, might seem inspiring but was the result of hard work.

His video, which beat thousands of entries, won the Vlogstar Challenge award at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

A panel of judges from YouTube, Vidsy, the Evening Standard, the Jack Petchey Foundation, and Media Trust, voted for Isaac to win the overall prize out of 15 finalists.

He has been awarded £500 of production equipment and is set to receive one-to-one mentoring with experts at YouTube.

A further £2,000 will be donated to a school or youth organisation of his choice

Isaac said, “Winning this award means a lot to me.

“It has been a long road and finally my hard work has paid off.

“Hard work got me here, and hard work will get me further!”

The Vlogstar Challenge programme is run by the Jack Petchey Foundation and Media Trust in partnership with YouTube and the Evening Standard.

The competition encourages young people to articulate and share their passions through video blogs.

It has trained over 1,500 young people on how to create, shoot and edit video blogs through free one-day workshops

His mother Isabel Harvey said she was extremely proud of Isaac “who never stops.”

She said: “Isaac spends hours on his videos, until they’re absolutely perfect.

“I hope the videos encourage other children who aren’t so confident to believe that they can do it.

“As he always says, if he can do it, so can they.”

Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Awards are about celebrating the amazing young people in our borough.

They are run by the Recorder in conjunction with Redbridge Rotary Club, and sponsored by The Exchange shopping centre, Ilford, which will provide each monthly winner with a £30 gift card.

The Young Citizen of the Year will be crowned at next year’s Mayor’s Community Awards.

You can nominate any person from Redbridge, as long as they are under 25, by emailing

Or write to us with the nominee’s name, age, contact details and why you are nominating them. All nominees must agree to publicity.

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