Trio re­warded for their feats

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By DAWN FEL­LOWES

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.

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