On 19th June, the three Rotary Clubs in Bassetlaw were delighted to host the 18th annual Bassetlaw Courage Awards, which this year saw ten young people from schools in the area receive awards. Students are chosen by teaching staff based on their hard work, personal sacrifice and sheer determination to overcome the many difficulties they have to cope with. In spite of problems which would be very daunting to most of us, they come through with a smile on their faces and are a joy to be with.
Emily James from the Elizabethan Academy has struggled to bounce back from major surgery, whilst Obaid Mirafghan had to flee his homeland when danger made it impossible to stay. Alice Hopkins from Tuxford Academy was honoured for her can-do attitude to so many things from skiing to singing and playing several musical instruments, in spite of being only very partially sighted and Daniel Fox, who attends St Giles Post 16, has only limited use of his lower limbs and recently had metal rods inserted into his back but nevertheless he slotted back into school life with never a complaint. These four students from Retford and Tuxford were accompanied by six students from Worksop schools.
The organiser, Rotarian Pauline Crawshaw, said she was immensely grateful to the sponsors, Bassetlaw District Council councillors, Aldi and Spar as well as to the staff at the Masonic Hall in Worksop for their help in making it such a special occasion.