Caring student is Sheriff’s star
A13-YEAR-OLD student has been recognised with a prestigious award for his compassion towards his classmates during the pandemic.
Kevin Wright, 13, has been named as the High Sheriff of Greater Manchester’s young citizen of the year.
Kevin is a student at the Seashell Trust’s Royal School Manchester in Cheadle Hulme.
A resident on site in one of the home-from-home houses that Seashell runs for children and young people, Kevin was singled out for the care he showed towards his fellow students after he returned to school following a period of six months of shielding.
He showed compassion, care and affection towards his classmates and in particular one student, who was struggling to cope with regular seizures. Kevin himself has overcome adversity having undergone major surgery complicated by extreme swelling.
The Seashell Trust supports children and young people with complex learning difficulties, disabilities and additional communication needs from across the UK.
House manager Sarah Gibbs and her colleague Gemma Bentley nominated Kevin for the award as they were impressed with his thoughtful behaviour towards others and the positive attitude he displayed throughout his surgery, lockdown, shielding and return to them.
Sarah said: “Kevin has shown so much care and affection over the last year, he has been inspirational to everyone who works with him. We submitted the award and two weeks later his certificate arrived in the post. We were over the moon! We presented it to Kevin and, as you can see from the photo, he was extremely happy and all smiles. We couldn’t be prouder.”
High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, Dr Eamonn O’Neal DL, said: “I was delighted to make this award to Kevin to recognise his selflessness, compassion and bravery.
“Kevin has faced challenges with great courage and positivity and always finds a way to think of others. His tenacity and humility in adversity are also extremely impressive. Kevin is a great credit to his family and all at Seashell.
“I hope this High Sheriff Award goes some way to recognising his achievements.”