The president-elect of Mansfield Rotary Club and famous television presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford led the praise for 11 inspirational children and young people at the annual Mansfield Rotary Club Courage Awards.
The event, now in its 30th year, was held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic and a total of 75 people logged on to Zoom to celebrate with the 11 brave young people.
Karen Johnson, president-elect of the Rotary Club, said: “We hope everyone enjoyed the event, despite the changed circumstances, and that they were impressed with these young people and were moved by their stories. We doubt there was a dry eye on screen.
“It is a privilege for Mansfield Rotary Club to present the Courage Awards, which reflect our own motto of Service Above Self.”
Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, well known for fronting This Morning, recorded a special message for the event.
They said: “We would like to pay our tribute to the 11 young people who are being honoured.
“You are an inspiration to all of us in these very difficult times and, despite the covid pandemic, we are sure that the parents and carers of the nominees are delighted that these awards are going ahead — albeit in a virtual format.
“So well done. And congratulations to everyone involved.”
The 11 young people were: LeoniBragg and Abigail Cross, of Meden School, Warsop; OwenBrown and RachelTweedie, of Portland College; AdamHooley, of Reach Learning Disability; CoreyRoot, of A Place To Call Our Own; AnnabellePye, of West Nottinghamshire College; JamesSlaney, of R.E.A.L. Education; DaisyMarie–Stanley, of The Beech Academy, Mansfield; ConnorSummerell, of Samworth Church Academy, Mansfield; and JoshuaStead, of The Joseph Whitaker School, Rainworth.
Mansfield Rotary Club is again urging people to take part in its initiative to clean up the town — the Just Bin It scheme.
Rotarians are providing litter-pick tools free to anyone who will pick up litter around their neighbourhood, roadsides, pavements, parks and schools.
Throughout winter many supporters of the campaign have continued to help keep their locality clean by picking up rubbish.
One Mansfield Rotarian, Stewart Rickersey, said he and his wife had recently filled three rubbish bags with assorted rubbish. But he added: “It’s a constant effort to keep our streets tidy.
“The mindless few continue to drop their litter, lottery tickets, cans, covid face coverings, empty cigarette packets and much more that would be impolite to mention in print. Often the rubbish is dropped within a few yards of a letter bin.”
He added that Mansfield Rotary is committed to providing a litter picking tool to anyone who wants to play their part in keeping their neighbourhood clean.
Kate Allsop, president of Mansfield Rotary Club, added: “We are appealing for residents in the Mansfield area to come forward and litter pick in the vicinity of their own homes or whilst they might be out exercising or walking their dog.
“Let’s all make a positive difference to our town in these difficult times.”
It has been revealed that the second Charity Swimathon organised by the Rotary Club of Mansfield and the Armchair Club has raised more than £4,000 for charities and good causes.
The event, held in October at Water Meadows Swimming and Fitness Complex, Mansfield, was attended in person by the town’s Olympic swimming champion, Rebecca Adlington, and her daughter, Summer.
They were among the swimmers, together with individuals and teams from business, charities, a school and Sutton Swimming Club.
Now trophies are also being handed out to the star swimmers and fundraisers on the day.
The president of Mansfield Rotary Club, Kate Allsop, said they were delighted through the joint initiative with the Armchair Club to have raised £4,038 for local charities, particularly in the “most difficult time” of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I am sure that your readers will want to join in in a heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped to raise this staggering amount during the pandemic. “Local charities know that there are people in the community who care very deeply.”
The swimathon was held at the Water Meadows Swimming and Fitness Complex, Mansfield.
Half of the money raised by each team of up to six went to their chosen cause — an organisation or charity — with the remaining 50% being shared by Mansfield Rotary Club Benevolent Fund and the Armchair Club Sports Foundation Trust. The Armchair Club is a group of local businessmen who have been providing financial support for local sports people since 1982.
A further £750 was raised via commercial sponsorship, which covered the operating costs and meant that all the swimmers’ fundraising went to good causes. The Armchair Club particularly praised the efforts of Sutton Swimming Club, which received four awards.
Trophy winners were:
Intermediate Individual Most Lengths — Ethan Potter. Individual Most Sponsorship — Callum Mills. Team Most Lengths — Sutton Swimming Club. Team Most Sponsorship — Sutton Swimming Club.
Junior Individual Most Lengths — Harry Arnold. Team Most Lengths — Wynndale Primary School, Mansfield. Team Most Sponsorship — Wynndale Primary School, Mansfield.
Senior Individual Most Lengths — James Taylor. Individual Most Sponsorship — Emma Dalman. Team Most Lengths — North Notts Hockey. Team Most Sponsorship — Notts Women’s Aid.
Sutton Swimming Club also received the Organisation Special Award.
The event was sponsored by Education Mutual, HW Martin Waste, I-Sourcer, Kath Jephson, Smart Digital, Mansfield and Ashfield 2020, Mansfield 103.2 and Jane Box.
Inspirational children and young people who have overcome adversity were honoured at Mansfield Rotary Club’s annual Courage Awards.
Now in its 29th year, the event was hosted at Portland College, Mansfield, in front of the young people’s families and teachers.
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Twelve young people — Paris Clarke-Hippsley, from The Samworth Academy, Mansfield; Ellie-Paige Willoughby, from Joseph Whitaker School, Rainworth; Charlette Smith, from Brunts Academy, Mansfield; Katie Bloomfield and Georgie Ancliffe, from West Nottinghamshire College; Thomas Glazebrook, from A Place To Call Our Own; Marwa Alshaieb, from Reach, Mansfield; Lois Harnett, from Portland College; Sophie Owen, from Meden School, Warsop; Abbie Steel, from Queen Elizabeth’s Academy, Mansfield; Kieran Vardy, from R.E.A.L. Education; together with a student from Fountaindale School, Mansfield, who was unable to attend — received a plaque from the Rotary club and a civic citation from the Mayor of Mansfield, Andy Abrahams.
The recipients of the awards had been nominated by their school or college for “exemplifying moral and spiritual courage in the face of personal adversity and difficulty.”
Presenting the awards, Mansfield Rotary Club president, John Bilzon, said: “Courage is often described as the ability to conquer fear or despair.
“But courage is not only showing bravery in the face of danger, more often courage is the day-to-day determination and hard work of dealing with, adjusting to, and, hopefully, overcoming the obstacles and harsh realities that life may present.
“It is a quality of mind enabling one to face that hardship with resolution.
“A resolution with power and spirit — the power to make choices and set goals and to act upon them firmly without renouncing those objectives; the spirit to let that courage succeed by the behaviour and attitude shown to the world about them.”
Education Mutual was the event’s main sponsor. Tables were sponsored by: Tyler Bros (Sutton-in-Ashfield) Ltd, HW Martin Waste Ltd, Atmospheric Interiors, Asmech Systems Ltd, Portland College, Hall-Fast Industrial Supplies, Mansfield Building Society, Fidler & Pepper, Overton Electrical, Hopkins Solicitors, Lighting Project Solutions and Mansfield Garage Doors.
The Rose Bower, Outram Street, Sutton, provided floral gifts to the parents and carers of each nominee.
Among the other guests were the governor of Rotary District 1220, Rotarian David Hood, the president of Mansfield Inner Wheel Club, Anne Lyons, and Julie Rathbone, who has represented All Saints’ Catholic Academy, Mansfield, at all but one of the Courage Awards events.
Paris Clarke-Hippsley (The Samworth Academy, Mansfield) Paris Clarke-Hippsley, aged 15, has been nominated by The Samworth Church Academy for showing immense bravery and enthusiasm, despite struggling with a condition affecting her spine.
In late 2017, Paris was diagnosed with scoliosis during one of her dance rehearsals after the teacher noticed a difference in the height of her shoulder blades. Paris visited the doctors and was informed that she did have a curvature of the spine and was referred for further tests. This came as a huge shock to Paris and her family as she had been a keen dancer since the age of 4. She competed both locally and nationally, and for her school, collecting many awards along the way.
As the condition deteriorated over time, she found it extremely difficult to cope with the pain and needed codeine and morphine daily to manage. In October 2019, Paris had seven-hour spinal surgery to correct her spine and this involved using titanium rods, 17 screws and a hook to keep her spine aligned and stop it from twisting/bending any further. Mr David Broomhead, deputy headteacher, said: “Throughout, Paris remained upbeat and positive.”
Ellie-Paige Willoughby, aged 15, attends Joseph Whitaker School and has been nominated for the courage she has shown overcoming the difficulties of her health issues.
Mrs Dawn Mallon, SEN Manager and key worker, said: “Ellie had surgery for cochlear implants, fitted during the summer holidays, before she came to us (JWS), and in Year 7 she was unable to hear anything except clicks and whirs, was unable to understand sounds at all and was transitioning to a new, much bigger school with people she didn’t know.
“Since that time, when much of her learning took place in the Student Support Centre she has flown. “She had emergency funding for a year to allow us to support her learning through the difficult early months, but Ellie was soon out in all lessons and achieving highly in all subjects (not to mention one of them being Modern Foreign Languages – a lesson that in Year 7 terrified her).”
Dawn added: “She is now in Year 10 and has coped with many issues of her own, always dealing with them quietly and sensibly, and has proved to be very supportive of other students with a hearing impairment.”
At school, Ellie enjoys English because she likes to read other people’s work.
Charlette Smith (Brunts Academy, Mansfield)
Charlette Smith, aged 13, has been nominated for her determination to overcome difficult circumstances after experiencing great trauma. The youngster, from Nottingham, attends Brunts Academy and has a passion for horse riding, swimming and biking.
“Despite being dysregulated and scared she always comes to school and tries her best,” according to her school.
In the future, she would like to work with animals.
Katie Bloomfield (West Nottinghamshire College)
Katie Bloomfield has been nominated for hard work and commitment to learning, despite missing crucial school-time.
Katie was an extremely conscientious student last year, studying level 2 diploma in travel and tourism with 100 per cent attendance and being on track for a distinction grade, when she suddenly started to feel ill, with bad headaches.
She was admitted to hospital, where she was diagnosed with a blood clot on her brain, which left her poorly. It meant she missed three months of college at the crucial end-of-year point, from March to May. However, Katie was absolutely determined to finish the course and continuously asked for college work throughout her time in hospital and throughout her recovery.
With medical advice, teaching staff put together a return-to-college programme and asked the examining board to delay Katie’s end date so that she could complete her studies over the summer. Katie managed to complete the course by the end of June, at the same time as her classmates. Moreover, Katie gained an overall distinction average and a distinction in every unit except one, where she was awarded a merit.
Claire Craig, the programme area leader for travel and tourism, said: “Katie never complains about her illness and just gets on with it, even though it has meant completely re-thinking her career path in the industry as she can no longer fly or work as cabin crew while receiving treatment.
“Her hard work and dedication ensured she was selected from hundreds of candidates to undertake a work placement at East Midlands Airport to learn more about ground roles in aviation.”
Georgie Ancliffe (West Nottinghamhire College)
Georgie Ancliffe, from Hucknall, has been nominated for demonstrating courage in the face of adversity and for persevering, despite fighting many internal battles.
Georgie was a young teenager when she lost her mum very suddenly and, “as you can imagine for any teenage girl, this was very difficult for her to comprehend and come to terms with,” said Vanora Heason, who nominated Georgie.
The 20-year-old, who attends West Nottinghamshire College, subsequently went to live with her grandma and grandad, but soon settled into a routine. Tragedy struck again when Georgie unexpectedly lost her grandfather and as her grandma’s health deteriorated, Georgie and her younger brother faced a period of great uncertainty regarding their future. During this time Georgie had to grow up quickly, looking after not only herself but her brother and grandma too.
Despite all these setbacks and new responsibilities, Georgie’s attendance at college remained excellent.
Vanora added: “There have been a lot of ups and downs and Georgie has faced and conquered some real-life battles that many of us will never have to contend with.”
However, she has exemplified compassion to others, demonstrated courage in the face of adversity and has persevered, despite fighting many internal battles.
“Georgie has never let her hearing loss get in the way of what she wants to do or the person she wants to be. “Her journey so far is a real testament to her resilience and strength of character and she is a shining example to other young people with a hearing loss or indeed any difficulty or disability. We couldn’t be more proud of the amazing young person she has become.”
In the future, Georgia would like to work in a role that involves looking after children.
Thomas Glazebrook (A Place To Call Our Own)
Thomas Glazebrook, of Sutton, has been nominated for being an inspiration to other students at his school.
Last year the 14-year-old had to cope with stress, trauma and change resulting from changing school, family bereavement and the distress of helping out at home whilst his mum went through treatment for cancer. During this time Tom attended school.
When Tom was told that following treatment his mum could lose her ability to speak, he took it upon himself to learn British Sign Language and began to share and check understanding of the language with everyone he came in contact with.
Tom has developed skills that will be useful in his future life as a self-employed builder and roofing contractor. His skills are not restricted to practical activities, he has developed the skill of using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Martin Cope, headteacher of APTCOO Independent School, said: “Tom is an inspiration.”
Marwa Alshaieb (Reach, Mansfield)
Marwa Alshaieb joined Reach Mansfield in May 2018 after coming from Syria in approximately 2016 with her mother, Hafsah, and her sister, leaving friends and family behind.
She has cerebral palsy and also finds it difficult to communicate using words. However, she has not let her disability hold her back and has also made lots of friends at Reach.
Staff at Reach say that they “hardly ever see Marwa without a smile.” The 28-year-old enjoys dancing in the performing arts session, cooking and making some terrific crafts.
In the future, she hopes that she will continue to attend Reach.
Lois Harnett (Portland College)
Lois Harnett, 21, attends Portland College and has been nominated for the way that she has coped with illness.
Lois, of Nottingham, had a turbulent start to the academic year when she spent the whole of the summer holidays in hospital with an infection in a very deep open wound on her back – and she was quite ill.
Since her return in September she has made every effort to attend college and always takes part in in-session activities.
Lorraine Little, Lois’ progression tutor, said: “Lois never complains and at times it is very apparent she is in a lot of pain and discomfort, but she refuses to go home.
“She likes to be my Deputy TA, and will tell me to get on with things. She will also tell others to listen to her as she’s in charge!
“She loves to watch what is going on around her (she is definitely a people watcher) but talking is a big hobby of hers.”
In the future, Lois hopes to become as independent as possible.
Sophie Owen (Meden School, Warsop)
Sophie Owen, 18, tragically lost her dad last year, very suddenly and unexpectedly, and since this trauma she has suffered from PTSD.
Despite facing ongoing challenges, the horse riding fan, from Church Warsop, has had a positive attitude toward learning and she remains focused on her studies.
Kate Kinney, a teacher at Meden School, said: “Sophie is the kindest student who we have ever had the pleasure of teaching at Meden School. She is very hard working and determined to succeed.
“She has been very resilient and still gives 100 per cent to her A-Level studies. We know that she will go on to do great things.”
Sophie’s long-term ambition involves becoming a business or HR manager after studying at university. She is hoping to go to Leicester or York University after completing her A-Levels.
Abbie Steel, from Mansfield, attends Queen Elizabeth’s Academy and has received her nomination for taking on every aspect of school life with the utmost enthusiasm, despite having an illness that has impacted her both physically and mentally.
As a baby, Abbie was diagnosed with cancer and underwent chemotherapy for three years and five months. She was left her with holes in her skull and her parents were told that she had a 20% chance of surviving.
She was left deaf in her left ear and wore a hearing aid until an operation repaired her hearing.
Abbie, 11, has gaps in her learning due to her illness and struggles with both long-term and short-term memory.
Ceri Graham, head of house at the academy, said: “Abbie is a shining example of someone who has not let illness stop her from getting the most out of life.”
Kieran Vardy (R.E.A.L. Education)
Kieran, of Kirkby, has been nominated for overcoming every barrier that has been put in his way.
He was born with Cerebral Palsy, which affects his speech and mobility, but hasn’t let this define him.
Kieran joined R.E.A.L. Education as a learner in mechanics in 2016 and progressed through his L1 Diploma. Whilst on his mechanics course he impressed with his determination to succeed and how inspirational he was to other learners.
Once he had completed his qualification, Kieran secured a job in the mechanics department.
Antonia Germany, Kieran’s line manager and former tutor, said: “He had a tough year last year, losing his mum, but he hasn’t let this affect his performance at work.
“Even better he is a true encouragement to our learners, pushing them to believe that if you put your mind to it, anything is possible.”
The 1220 District Young Chef on Saturday was very close to call and competed for by our 4 finalists, Ruben Carroll, Pearle Smedley-Castle both sponsored by Buxton Rotary, Ruby Stonier and Euan Waugh both sponsored by Mansfield Rotary. All 4 received their awards from DG David with Euan being the overall winner and Ruby joining him in the Regional Final to be held in Leeds on 14 March. We congratulate all participants. Sincere thanks must go to our judges, Bill Smith and Samworth Academy also Rtn Phil Stone for coming in at the last moment to run the event. PDG Michael would be proud. Thank you everyone.