Children of Courage Awards 2019

Posted by Suzanne Alexander

Some of the area’s most courageous young people were recognised for the bravery in the face of adversity at the Rotary Clubs Rotary Club logoof Newark ‘Awards for Courage’ held on Monday 18th March. SWRA Year 8 student, Matthew Richardson received his award for his sheer determination to overcome an extremely serious illness which started in January 2018. Matthew contracted a bacterial infection which hospitalised him for a month. Due to the constant pain, Matthew developed chronic regional pain syndrome and, at one stage, had to take 41 tablets a day.

Matthew worked hard to get himself off medication and out of a wheelchair. He accomplished the former by May, and the latter by July. Matthew was nominated for an Award for Courage by Mrs Mower, Head of Year 7. Mrs Mower told Matthew’s story to the Award attendees commenting: “Last January Matthew developed chronic regional pain syndrome. They said it could take years to get over but Matthew is really determined and by May he wasn’t taking anything. He’s always handed in his homework, he’s never given in, never complained and never made an excuse. He’s a superstar and we are all incredibly proud of him.”

Matthew said: “It feels good to have such great support and the school has been amazing.”


To read Mrs Mower’s & Mrs Jex’s nomination in full, please click: Children of Courage Award Entry – Matthew Richardson

To see the video from the Awards, please click: Video – Children of Courage Awards 2019