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Courage of 12 young people celebrated

Posted onPosted on 8th Mar

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

Now in its 28th year, the event was hosted at Portland College, Mansfield, in front of the young people’s families and teachers.

Twelve young people received a plaque from the Rotary club and a civic citation by the Mayor of Mansfield, Kate Allsop.
The recipients of the awards had been nominated by their school or college for the way they fight serious illness or have overcome other challenges.

Presenting the awards, Mansfield Rotary Club president Denise Starkey said: “They all deserve an honour for the way they have shown courage to overcome their adversities.

“It was an extremely moving presentation.”

Special guest at the presentation was Luke Wigman, a former Serviceman badly injured by a bomb while serving in Afghanistan, who said: “What all 12 have achieved is phenomenal.”

Education Mutual was the event’s main sponsor.

Tables were sponsored by: Tyler Bros (Sutton-in-Ashfield) Ltd, HW Martin Waste Ltd, Handelsbanken, BeeNoticed, Atmospheric Interiors, Asmech Systems Ltd, Portland College, Hall-Fast Industrial Supplies, Mansfield Building Society, Fidler & Pepper, Overton Electrical and Mansfield Garage Doors.

The Rose Bower, Outram Street, Sutton, provided floral gifts to the parents and carers of each nominee.

Young people who were honoured at the Courage Awards are pictured with special guests, back from left, District 1220 Governor Cheryle Berry; Mansfield Rotary Club president Denise Starkey; the Mayor of Mansfield, Kate Allsop; Les Marshall, from Education Mutual; and guest speaker Luke Wigman.

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