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30th Courage Awards salute 11 inspirational young people

Posted onPosted on 1st Mar

Inspirational children and young people who have overcome adversity are being honoured at Mansfield Rotary Club’s annual Courage Awards.

Now in its 30th year, the event is being held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic with invited guests including the young people’s families and teachers.

Eleven young people — Leoni Bragg and Abigail Cross, of Meden School, Warsop; Owen Brown and Rachel Tweedie, of Portland College; Adam Hooley, of Reach Learning Disability; Corey Root, of A Place To Call Our Own; Annabelle Pye, of West Nottinghamshire College; James Slaney, of R.E.A.L. Education; Daisy Marie-Stanley, of The Beech Academy, Mansfield; Connor Summerell, of Samworth Church Academy, Mansfield; and Joshua Stead, of The Jospeh Whitaker School, Rainworth — will receive 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.”

Kate Allsop, president of Mansfield Rotary Club, said: “It is a privilege for Mansfield Rotary Club to present the Courage Awards, which reflect our own motto of Service Above Self.

“We hope everyone enjoys the event, despite the changed circumstances, and that they are impressed with these young people and are moved by their stories. We doubt there will be a dry eye on screen.”

Education Mutual is the event’s main sponsor.

Others sponsors are: Tyler Bros (Sutton-in-Ashfield) Ltd, HW Martin Waste Ltd, Asmech Systems Ltd, Portland College, Hall-Fast Industrial Supplies, Mansfield Building Society, Fidler & Pepper, Hopkins Solicitors, Mansfield Garage Doors, The Rose Bower, Bee Noticed, Alison and Phil Constantine; Ravenshead Consultancy.


To view the programme for the event and read 11 inspiring stories, click here.