Trio rewarded for their feats
THREE people who have achieved marvellous feats within the town have been recognised by Whittlesey Town Council.
Shannon Wheatley, Rebecca Cronin and Maureen Bielawski were all presented with awards by the Mayor of Whittlesey councillor Derek Stebbing as part of the Whittlesey Citizen of the Year awards.
They aim to recognise residents who help to make the community a better place and achieved in the face of adversity.
Shannon was presented with the Young Citizen of the Year award for her charity fund-raising.
The five-year-old Park Lane Primary School pupil has raised £2,000 in three years for Heartlink at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester where she had open heart surgery. She raised the cash by running stalls at fetes.
She also managed to convince 73 fellow pupils and parents to run last year’s Great Eastern Run for Magpas.
Town clerk, Susan Evans said: “She was absolutely chuffed to bits at receiving the award.”
Maureen Bielawski was presented with Whittlesey Citizen of the Year because she has helped 100s of pupils at Alderman Jacobs Primary School.
She has lived in the town for 24 years and over that time she has helped the pupils as a teaching assistant and a dinnerlady.
Ms Evans added: “Throughout these years she has helped 100s of children to achieve and give their best. She is another fund-raiser raising almost £4,000 for charities like Children In Need.
“She is currently raising funds to help the school send a teacher to Sierra Leone to support the very needy there.”
Rebecca Cronin, a student at Sir Harry Smith Community College, received a Special Award in recognition of her struggle against a health condition during her final GCSE year.
Just after her 16th birthday she began to go blind and doctors discovered there was fluid building up and putting pressure on her spine which in turn was affecting her brain and optic nerve.
In February 2009 she underwent several lumber punctures at Addenbrooke’s Hospital to release the fluid and eventually she got her sight back.
She remained in hospital until March 2009 and despite missing three crucial months of her GCSEs she still managed to get A*, A and B grades.