This year the Rotary Club of Mansfield celebrated 30 years of the Courage Awards – the annual event celebrating the courage and achievements of young people in the area. HW Martin Waste Ltd was proud to be involved once again, as one of the main sponsors of this special event held on the evening of Tuesday 2nd March.
Due to the social distancing restrictions currently in place, the event was held virtually via Zoom, which posed a new challenge for Rotary Club President Kate Allsop and the event organisers. However, it was a great success with over 100 people viewing the proceedings.
The 11 young people recognised at the Awards were: 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 Joseph Whitaker School, Rainworth.
Each received a plaque from the Rotary Club and a civic citation from the Mayor of Mansfield, Andy Abrahams.
Many comments of appreciation were received from parents and attendees. Louise and Richard Stead, parents of 12 year-old Josh, commented, “I would like to extend my thanks to the Rotary Club of Mansfield for recognising the bravery or our son Josh at this afternoon’s Bravery Awards. 2020 has without question been tough on the whole community, but the added difficulties a shock diagnosis has brought to Josh and our wider family makes the recognition even more special. The positive news is that he is essentially brain tumour free and should be able to continue a normal life. He has already resumed rugby training and hopefully will be playing as soon as lockdown permits. Thank you once again.”
Details on each of the young people recognised at the Awards can be seen HERE.
Mansfield Rotary Club is one of over 34,000 clubs in 200 countries, which form Rotary International. The Mansfield Rotary Club’s Courage Awards is an example of the community work it undertakes throughout the year to benefit youth groups, families in need, the infirm and service men and women.
HW Martin Waste Ltd, based on the border of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, has pledged to support local initiatives through the provision of funding and resources.