Haverhill and Clare school students recognised for making a ‘real difference’

The recipients of the 2017 Haverhill & District  Rotary Club's Young Citizen Awards are joined by the club's president, Chris Briggs, centre, and the mayor of Haverhill, Cllr David Roach. The winners are: Holly McGerty, Caitlin Benham, Brianna Digby, Ben Gibson and Eloise Aubery.
The recipients of the 2017 Haverhill & District Rotary Club's Young Citizen Awards are joined by the club's president, Chris Briggs, centre, and the mayor of Haverhill, Cllr David Roach. The winners are: Holly McGerty, Caitlin Benham, Brianna Digby, Ben Gibson and Eloise Aubery.

Five teenagers were recognised for their selfless efforts at the annual Haverhill & District Rotary Club Young Citizen Awards.

The citation on the certificates handed to each winner, along with £30 of National Book Tokens, read ‘in recognition of exceptional service to her/his community,’ summing up the reason for the awards.

Two students from both Samuel Ward Academy and Castle Manor Academy and one from Stour valley Community School in Clare received an award during a presentation held on Monday at Haverhill Golf Club. Each student having been nominated by one of their teachers.

The awards showed how Haverhill has many youngsters to be proud of, as the Mayor of Haverhill, Cllr David Roach, who presented the winners with their awards, said: “On occasions it’s a real privilege to be able to come out and to meet people who make a real difference to the community and it’s a real treat when they are young people.”

Stour Valley’s recipient, Brianna Digby, was nominated for promoting positive mental health in young people, raising awareness of Lupus and being a multiple winner with Affinity Cheer and Dance in Cambridge.

Caitlin Benham and Holly McGerty were Samuel Ward’s winners.

Holly was praised for being a school ambassador and a talented table tennis and hockey player, while Caitlin was commended for pushing herself out of her ‘comfort zone’ during the school’s World Challenge trip to Tanzania last year.

Castle Manor student Ben Gibson’s efforts in helping the school set up and run its Eco team and his volunteering with the Community Ambassadors earned him the award, while fellow Manor student Eloise Aubery’s ‘caring’ nature and the fact that she gave up her summer in 2016 to run the summer club at St Mary’s Church, earned her the award.