Grantham College student, Amy Whitmell wins Children of Courage Award

Amy Whitmell and five other youngsters were nominated for the annual Children of Courage Awards organised by the Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven.

The aim of the awards are to showcase inspirational young people who have been nominated by their school or college. The awards ceremony took place at the Urban Hotel with a lunch and a special appearance was made by GB Paralympian, Sam Ruddock.

Amy who is currently studying Skills for Work was nominated by Lisa Gerassimov, Learning Support Assistant at Grantham College.

Here is what Lisa had to say about why she nominated Amy:

“Amy attends Grantham College on a course called Skills for Work which she joined in September 2017. She has already become a valued and much-loved member of our class for numerous reasons. Combined with the usual difficulties of being on the Autistic Spectrum, Amy also lives daily with ongoing kidney disease.

“Although Amy’s attendance was 100% for the first term, her health has unfortunately since deteriorated and Amy is now very badly in need of a kidney transplant. Attending an exhausting Dialysis program at Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham, three times a week, means that Amy can only attend college twice a week.

“On Wednesdays, she keeps up to date with her English and Maths Functional Skills and catches up with her course work with her tutor Maria Spicer. On Fridays, she completes a Catering infill which is led by a very supportive team in the College’s own Apple Tree Restaurant kitchen, where she entertains us all with her infectious personality and frequent singing and dancing!

“Despite the obvious effort that is required of Amy to achieve her full potential, she is to be especially commended for a number of reasons; for always walking into college with a smile, for making all of us smile with her never ending enthusiasm and her willingness to try, for always being the first in, waiting in the corridor excited to see her friends and eager to find out what she will be learning today and most amazingly for always wanting to be part of the college community, no matter how tired and poorly she feels.

“Amy knows that a transplant is now vital, and that her treatments will be ongoing until a donor can be found. Despite all of this, she is a happy, energetic, model student, and spreads sunshine wherever she goes. We are all very proud of the courage that she shows every day, which is why when asked to find someone for the Children of Courage there was an overwhelming majority vote for Miss Amy Whitmell.”

Congratulations to all nominees; you are all truly an inspiration! For more information about the Children of Courage awards and the Rotary Club, Grantham please visit: 

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