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Uplifting stories inspire director’s sporting gift

Posted onPosted on 18th May

The stories of brave young people at this year’s Mansfield Rotary Club Courage Awards inspired one of the guests.

Scott Westwood, director at Smart Digital Business Solutions, Shirebrook, was overwhelmed by the strength and determination the youngsters show, regardless of the challenges ahead.

The awards, featured in the News Journal earlier this year, aim to recognise children who have demonstrated courage, despite the odds, in overcoming various challenges — physical, economic, social, and mental or physical impairments.

After speaking to Portland College student Ryley Briston, one of the young people honoured at the awards, Scott discovered that they shared a mutual love of football and, in particular, Liverpool FC.

Scott was so inspired by Ryley’s story that he got together copies of some of his most-prized old football programmes — from Liverpool’s triumph in six European Cup finals — and framed them, before making a presentation to Ryley in recognition of the bravery and strength he shown since his life dramatically changed in 2016.

Scott said: “There wasn’t a dry eye in the room when I visited the Children of Courage Awards.

“When you see the level of bravery and determination shown by every one of these young people, it makes you feel very, very humbled. They are all truly inspirational!’

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