Awards for community champions

OUTSTANDING TEENAGERS who devote their time and talents to the community have been awarded the annual Lord Rhodes prize by the Saddleworth Parish Council.

Will Revill, 15, was presented with the first-ever Lord Rhodes trophy by chairman Councillor Brian Lord, and both he and runner-up Catherine Stott, 13, received a cheque, certificate and a pen.

WINNERS: Will and Catherine receive their awards from Cllr Brian Lord and Cllr Pat Lord
WINNERS: Will and Catherine receive their awards from Cllr Brian Lord and Cllr Pat Lord

The prize is awarded to the Saddleworth School pupil who has ‘gone above and beyond in the community’ and the trophy was introduced this year by Cllr Lord, who is also chairman of the school’s governors.

Year 11 pupil Will, nominated by his PE teacher Mr Cree, stood out because of his sporting commitments as he helps coach at Springhead soccer school, where he is Youth Development manager.

He also fundraises in the community and delivered  Christmas packs to the elderly, earning him a ‘Pride in Oldham’ nomination earlier this year.

“I was shocked really when I found out I had won,” said the Springhead teenager. “Helping in the community is quite rewarding and it’s nice to help the younger children do something they enjoy.”

His proud mum Paula added: “I am really pleased. He does work really hard and puts a lot of time in. I just hope he carries on with it as he does so well.”

Runner-up Catherine, who suffers from cerebral palsy, was nominated by PE teacher Mrs Lucas, who does not teach her, for her contribution to school sports as well as wheelchair athletics with Manchester Kestrels and swimming with Oldham Aquatics.

The keen athlete from Greenfield, who carried the Olympic torch in June, said: “I enjoy doing so many sports. I’m quite competitive and I like getting up and about and doing sport.”

Parents Jill and Andrew said: “We are very proud and surprised as she never tells us anything about what she has done or achieved. She doesn’t let her disability stop her and always impresses us with what she does.”

Saddleworth School headteacher Matthew Milburn said: “Our school is delighted to support the Lord Rhodes prize and we’re so pleased our pupils have been recognised in this way.”

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