Children awarded for showing courage in the face of adversity

Daisy Mulcahy, Taylor Parker, Chelsea Stephens, Jessica Rutt and, front, Katie Edge. Photo by Mark Kidby.
Daisy Mulcahy, Taylor Parker, Chelsea Stephens, Jessica Rutt and, front, Katie Edge. Photo by Mark Kidby.

Five children from schools across the area have been awarded for showing courage in the face of adversity.

The first Children of Courage Awards were held on Monday with emotions running high at the ceremony at Boston West Golf Centre.

It was organised by the Rotary Club of Boston and the Rotary Club of Boston St Botolph who billed the event as ‘a celebration of courage’.

The five young people, all nominated by their school, were as follows:

Haven High Academy pupil Katie Edge, 13, was awarded for ‘showing tremendous courage’ despite having been diagnosed with a rare auto-immune condition a year ago.

Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JDM) causes profound muscle weakness and problems with appetite, swallowing and breathing. The academy’s Ronda Ironmonger said Katie has shown ‘tremendous courage’ in the way she has dealt with her condition.

She added: “She takes control of the gruelling treatment and tries her best to continue with her education.”

Chelsea Stephens, 14, was awarded for the bravery she showed when her mother died suddenly in 2013. The Giles Academy pupil had to cope with moving home and school to live with her father.

Sue Cook, from the school, said Chelsea showed ‘maturity and courage’ and described her as ‘witty, cheerful and popular’.

“She has shown immence bravery and courage in overcoming such a tragic event in her young life,” she said.

Thomas Middlecott Academy pupil Taylor Parker was described as a ‘credit to his school’ and a ‘model student’. The 14-year-old sadly lost his mum to cancer this year. Speaking at the awards, the school’s deputy principle Sue Illingworth said: “Throughout his mum’s illness he supported his family and continued with his work and had an exemplary behavious and attendance record.”

Taylor also raised money to take his mum on a trip to Disneyland before her death.

Daisy Mulcahy, who has a learning disability and suffers from pain in her legs and back, was awarded for achieving well and always being active.

The 18-year-old student at John Fielding School had taken part in activities including kayaking, abseiling, hiking and gorge walking. She has also recently completed her Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. The school described her as a ‘very determined, independant young lady’.

Boston High School student Jessica Rutt was awarded for caring for others.

Kate Osborn, assistant director of the sixth form, said: “Jess doesn’t think she does anything special but we are proud of her and proud of her achievements.”

The ceremony concluded with an inspirational talk from Boston’s professional yacht skipper and film maker Mick Dawson.