Children of Courage Awards 2016

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GANF pupil’s honoured at the fifth annual Children of Courage Awardschildrenrotary1

GANF pupil’s, Jade Illingworth and Amberly-Mae, were both honoured at the 2016 Grantham Rotary Club Children of Courage Awards.

Guests gathered at The Urban Hotel in Grantham to hear inspiring tales of bravery, with the lunch and prize giving organised by the Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven.

First to be honoured was Sandon School pupil Jade Illingworth, who is undeterred by her multiple medical conditions, which include global developmental delay, Rett syndrome, epilepsy and scoliosis. Taking to the podium to shout about this wonderful young lady, Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship’s Safeguarding Lead, Sarah Watts said: “Jade is an absolute delight and a pleasure to have in our school.”

Jade’s parents, Dawn and Bob, also expressed their pride and their gratitude of GANF’s support.Children

Ambergate pupil, twelve-year-old Amberly-Mae wants to be a nail technician when she is older, and is certainly not going to let her rare bone development condition Kniest Dysplasia stop her. Seriena Hodder, from GANF’s safeguarding and pastoral team, described the many operations the youngster has undergone, and said: “Throughout these numerous medical interventions, however painful, she has never allowed these difficulties to hinder her.”childrenrotary2

President of the Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven, Chris Thurlow said: “These young people have faced significant challenges with resilience and positivity. They are an example to us all.”

Describing his own experience helping visually impaired children in Kenya, district governor Geoff Blurton said the stories reminded him of Rotary’s slogan this year: ‘Be a gift to the world’.

“These young people, in their own way, are a gift to the world, a gift to their families, a gift to their parents, a gift to their schools, and a gift to Rotary,” he said.

To view the official Rotary film for the 2016 Awards please click here...

Both photgraphs courtesy of Grantham Journal.