GANF pupil, Peter Bowman, was among five remarkable youngsters to be honoured at the Children of Courage Awards last week.
The Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven have been organising these awards for four years now and the event shares inspiring stories of exceptional courage.
Peter, now 8 years old, was born with Downs’ Syndrome, associated developmental delay and left-sided hemiplegic cerebral palsy.
Since birth, Peter has undergone a series of operations to both his left and right hips, operations to release the tendons in the lower part of his left leg and hamstring muscle. Following his first hip operation in 2013, Peter was unable to walk independently, being initially confined to a wheelchair but then he quickly progressed to using a ‘Kaye Walker’. Following a four- month period of intense physiotherapy and Peter’s determination, he was able to walk independently, which was a great achievement.
GANF's Safeguarding Officer, Karen Salter said: “He has never been fazed by anything, remaining as cheerful as ever and ready for the next challenge.”
The awards were presented at the Urban Hotel by Rotary District governor Ken Billington, Mayor Ian Selby and SKDC Chaiman Reginald Howard.
Disability campaigner and writer, Matt Hampson, attended the event and told his incredible story. The room was on it's feet with applause and admiration when Matt told his story of being left paralysed following an accident while training for a Six Nations game in 2005, but continues to coach at Oakham School and Oakham Rugby Club.
He is an advocate for all disability sport with his motto ‘get busy living’. Rotarian and organiser Marion Strange said: ‘Matt exemplifies all that the Children of Courage stands for’.
Click here for the official Rotary video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzSLynn60Hs
Click here for The Grantham Journal coverage of the event http://www.granthamjournal.co.uk/news/local/slideshow-tales-of-young-courage-never-fail-to-inspire-in-grantham-1-6630767