Biddulph Rotary Presents Acorn Awards

AcornAwards2016GrouplowresAt a ceremony at the Biddulph Victoria Centre, Biddulph Rotary, President Dave Ash presented the Acorn Awards.

Some years ago Biddulph Rotary took over the running and administration of the Acorn Awards Trust, and has been making the awards to the winners at an annual ceremony.

The Rebecca Harris Trust which originally administered the Acorn Awards was started in 1989 by Frank Harris in memory of his daughter, who tragically died young in a road accident..

The Awards are open to any young person (up to 23years of age) from Biddulph who has made a significant achievement in the sporting, academic or artistic field. Alternatively to a young person who has performed an act of unusual perseverance, courage or service to others.

The three successful nominees receive a framed certificate together with the annual trophy and cheque for £150 for the winner and a cheque for £75 for each of the two runners-up. An award of a certificate and a cheque for £200 can also be made to a designated group of young people who satisfy the criteria, nominated by a responsible adult.

The Winner of the trophy, this year was Jasmine Burndred who unfortunately is abroad in Turkey so the trophy is being received by her aunt. Jasmine was looking forward to starting her University course when she got news that her brother had been had a heart attack whilst on holiday in Turkey. Jasmine immediately rushed to be with him. Sadly her brother did not survive, but Jasmine has demonstated incredible strength and perseverance in supporting her family and working long hours to catch up on her studies, which she knows is what her brother would have wanted. She has also taken a very active part in raising over £20,000 for the charity, CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young – in the hope that no other families will have to suffer as they have. , her Aunt, Helen, received the award on her behalf from Biddulph Mayor, Jill Salt.

The two runners up were:

Chloe Roberts, who has not only succeeded in her chosen sport of Kickboxing, achieving many awards, but has also taken up Taekwondo and is achieving results in this also. In addition, Cloe is a hardworking student at Woodhouse Academy, and represents the school in many sports.

Elizabeth Harris is a student at Biddulph High and works hard to balance her school work with her intensive training. Her heavy workload means that she has to sacrifice valuable social time to focus on her chosen sport of swimming. Lizzy now trains alongside, and is inspired by some of Europe’s top swimmers who are now targeting places on Team GB for Rio later this year. Since Lizzy’s coach did not want her to miss training for an important tournament she could not be at the ceremony, and her Certificate was received by her father Bernard.

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