Rotary awards celebrate the best of Belper’s youth

Simon Elmore, Rotary district governor Roger Summers, Belper and Duffield club secretary Nick Blurton, club president Eileen Murphy and Belper town mayor Councillor Daniel Booth at the awards ceremony.
Simon Elmore, Rotary district governor Roger Summers, Belper and Duffield club secretary Nick Blurton, club president Eileen Murphy and Belper town mayor Councillor Daniel Booth at the awards ceremony.

The Rotary Club of Belper and Duffield has acknowledged the personal triumphs of the area’s school students with this year’s Pride Awards.

The bravery and perseverance of five pupils from local schools was recognised last month when Rotarians gathered with parents, teachers and guests for the official presentation lunch at Blackbrook House.

Lauryn Jewkes, Chris Wilkinson, George Barwick, Roger Summers, Madeleine Rutherford-Brown, James Walker.

Lauryn Jewkes, Chris Wilkinson, George Barwick, Roger Summers, Madeleine Rutherford-Brown, James Walker.

Each pupil was introduced by a teacher who described how they had responded to disability, profound deafness, Crohns disease, serious surgery or emotional insecurities - and gone on to achieve excellent grades at school or outstanding athletic prowess.

Following the ceremony, a parent said:“Thank-you for such an amazing afternoon, we were delighted to attend and support our son. We are very proud parents indeed and this award means a great deal to him. ”

Certificates and trophies were presented by the guest of honour Simon Elmore, who spoke about how his recent kidney transplant had changed his life.

Simon described how he recovered from a deep and destructive depression by dedicating his life to sporting achievement, ultimately competing in the World Transplant Games in Argentina.

His inspirational story continues now through his work with the Voluntary Independent Renal Support Group, raising awareness of the importance of organ donation.