Spalding and district young people walking tall

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Children across South Holland who have more challenges to face than most received some well deserved encouragement recently.

Every year for some years now, Spalding Lions Club has recognised young people who achieve against the odds in its Walk Tall Awards, in Praise of Young People.

This year, 14 awards were presented to youngsters from a selection of primary schools as well as the Garth School and Thomas Cowley School at Donington.

President Eileen Robson, who presented the majority of the awards, said: “It’s something we do with children in their final year of school, whether primary or secondary, and it’s offered to all schools.

“It’s a Walk Tall Award for special achievement. It’s about young people, the children that have to go that little bit extra and deeper to overcome various challenges, whether it be illness, death of a parent or learning problems.

“We have had all sorts over the years and we have been running it since about 2006.”

There will be further awards for Sir John Gleed School and Spalding High School pupils in the autumn.

All the recipients received a certificate and a £25 voucher to spend at W H Smith on books, school stationery or something else of their choice.

Some of the award presentations are pictured here and include (right) Ryan at the Garth School, Spalding; below (from left) Tia, who is a student at Surfleet Primary School; Paige, a pupil at St Paul’s Primary School in Spalding; and Courtney, of Pinchbeck East CofE Primary School; bottom (from left) Dylan, a pupil at St Bartholomew’s CofE Primary School at West Pinchbeck; Isabella, from Monkshouse Primary School, Spalding; and Alex, a pupil at Moulton Chapel Primary School.