Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

‘Hero’ mentor up for award


ASUPPORTIV­E learning mentor from Widnes has been praised in a national campaign which aims to recognise staff working in schools.

Kind-hearted Mrs Ball, who works at Widnes Academy, was nominated for the fintech Miconex award by Rachel Newsum, whose daughters Amy and Lily Rose attend the school.

Rachel said: “We moved to the North West around four years ago, and didn’t know a soul.

“We hit hard times as a family, but Mrs Ball was always there for us. We didn’t have much at the time, and Mrs Ball would bring clothes that nobody needed around to the house, and toys for the children.

“If I had a problem, I could send a message into school and Mrs Ball would help us, she was only ever a note away.

“There was one time when our three year old daughter had to have a lipoma removed. It was such a worrying time as we weren’t sure what the dissection would uncover.

“Our daughter wanted both her parents there when she went to hospital but we didn’t have anyone else to take care of our older daughter.

“When you have no-one else, it’s really hard.

“Mrs Ball said she would stay back at school with our older daughter. She said ‘don’t worry, I’ve got this’, and it was such a weight off our minds.

“Mrs Ball has been at Widnes Academy for a long time now, all three of our children attended the school, and it is a really good school.

“Our eldest daughter didn’t want to leave Widnes Academy.

“During lockdown and remote learning, the teachers would bring around packed lunches for the children and school supplies. They’ve been such a support for us as a family.

“I’ve never met anyone like Mrs Ball, she has such a sunny dispositio­n, and the children all love her.

“An activity she does with the children is COG, which is tied to the children’s emotions, helping them to identify how they are feeling.

“I nominated Mrs Ball for the School Superheroe­s award because she has a heart of gold and is the most fantastic woman”.

Principal of Widnes Academy Karen Highcock said: “We are so proud of the work that Mrs Ball does as part of our school team.

“She is an integral part of the local community and provides a range of supportive programmes for our children, and our parents, which has really helped them during the recent lockdown periods”.

The School Superheroe­s campaign allows any staff member working in a school to be nominated for an award, with one school superhero receiving a £50 Town and City Gift Card for their choice of over 60 schemes around the UK and Ireland, including schemes in the North West such as the Knowsley Gift Card, the Chester Gift Card and the Preston Gift Card, with their school or class receiving a £250 cash prize.

● Families have up to August 31, 2021 to nominate their school superheroe­s who have made a positive contributi­on to their school community by visiting the website.

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● Mrs Ball

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