Brett Wilkin, Year 10, joined other young people from local schools, colleges and charities in being commended at the 25th Courage Awards organised by the Rotary Club of Mansfield on Tuesday 1st March.
More than 180 guests including dignitaries, Rotarians from neighbouring rotary clubs, sponsors and proud family members filled a packed-out Eastwood Suite at Portland College.
Brett was nominated by Mrs Bailey-Wiles, SENCO, because:
Brett has undergone difficulties linked to his SEN of ASD and OCD but has coped exceptionally well throughout the difficult period. Brett had an accident where he fell, broke part of his front tooth section and had to have an operation to repair which was very frightening for him and massively shook his confidence. He needed significant support from the ASD team due to heightened anxiety but Brett is still smiling and looking forward to work experience with the site team this year. ]
He has developed as a student and also a person since Year 7, he is kind and funny, all of the staff in the Well-Being team and all of Brett’s teachers think he is wonderful.
He has a unique personality and shows commitment to his education, his love ICT allows him to demonstrate his abilities and he also wants to help others which is a truly admirable quality to have.
Presenting the awards were Mansfield Rotary Club president Phil Richmond, Mansfield Mayor Kate Allsop, leader of Mansfield Independent Forum Councillor Martin Wright, and Russell Jones, a partner at Fidler and Pepper Solicitors and chairman of the Mansfield 2020 business network.
Other VIPs included Rotary District Governor Dr Roger Summers, chief executive of Mansfield District Council Bev Smith and Miss Mansfield and Sherwood Forest Amy Beilby.
As this was the 25th anniversary of the awards, the organisers also invited previous winners over the last three decades to attend.