Rotary awards town’s children for their courage

Praised in the first Rotary Club Children of Courage Award ceremony in Sleaford. Front, from left, the 'Children of Courage' Christian Brown, Callum Cross, Milly Evans, Lara Orriss and Joel James, back, Deputy Mayor Coun Gary Titmus, President of the Rotary Club of Sleaford Kesteven Mike Yarram, President of the Rotary Club of Sleaford Stephen Bath, chairman of NKDC Coun Lance Pennell and District 1070 Governor Ken Billington.
Praised in the first Rotary Club Children of Courage Award ceremony in Sleaford. Front, from left, the 'Children of Courage' Christian Brown, Callum Cross, Milly Evans, Lara Orriss and Joel James, back, Deputy Mayor Coun Gary Titmus, President of the Rotary Club of Sleaford Kesteven Mike Yarram, President of the Rotary Club of Sleaford Stephen Bath, chairman of NKDC Coun Lance Pennell and District 1070 Governor Ken Billington.

Five Sleaford area students who have battled against illness, disability and personal tragedy were honoured and applauded for their determination to overcome their setbacks at a Children of Courage Award ceremony.

The event was organised by the Rotary Club of Sleaford in a joint venture with the Rotary Club of Sleaford Kesteven, held in the Masonic Rooms in Watergate.

At a special luncheon, an audience of more than 80, comprising proud parents, civic dignitaries, teachers, Rotarians and their guests could not help but be moved by the stories of the courage described and told by the teachers involved from St George’s and the Kesteven and Sleaford High School academies.

The children nominated for an award were: Christian Brown, Callum Cross, Milly Evans, Lara Orriss and Joel James.

Each nominee received a silver plaque and certificate to mark the occasion and Rotarian Ken Billington, Governor for District 1070, said in closing this inaugural event how humble and proud he had felt in listening to the heart breaking experiences faced by these young people who were a credit to their families and their schools in showing such determination to overcome their difficulties.

He said it had been a privilege to present the awards.