On 19th June, the three Rotary Clubs in Bassetlaw were delighted to host the 18th Annual Courage Awards, which this year saw ten young people from schools in the area receive awards — six from Worksop schools and four from Retford and Tuxford.
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.
Students from Worksop schools included Holly Edwards-Downey and Caitlin Webb from Outwood Academy Portland, Candy Smedley from North Notts College, Luke Kinney from Outwood Academy Valley, whilst Worksop Post 16 nominated Mia Burrows and Alicia Blackham. The age range was from 11 to 18 and the problems they are coping with on a daily basis range from debilitating health issues, major operations, family illness and death.
Emily James and Obaid Mirafghan from the Elizabethan Academy, Daniel Lewis Fox from St Giles Post 16 Centre and Alice Hopkins from Tuxford Academy also received awards.
The organiser, Rotarian Pauline Crawshaw, said she was immensely grateful to the sponsors, BDC 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.