Long Sutton Community Award for 'lovely young man' from town
A Long Sutton teenager has been given unexpected recognition for his efforts in keeping the town clean and tidy.
Isaac Cawthorn (13) had a summer surprise waiting for him last weekend when he was presented with a certificate and prize after being successfully nominated for a community award from Long Sutton Parish Council.
A Year 9 student at University Academy Long Sutton, Isaac makes time in-between his schoolwork to help his father and parish councillor David Cawthorn in collecting and picking up litter left around the town's Cinder Ash and Winfrey Parks.
Isaac, who has also been helping his father with welding jobs at home during weeks of home schooling, was nominated for helping out in the community during the coronavirus pandemic.
He said: "I got a phone call from my dad last Saturday when he said that someone was coming to see me.
"I didn't expect the award because I go out with my dad every week, cleaning up the parks after people have thrown rubbish on the ground.
"We also empty the bins and make sure everywhere in the parks are tidy, something I like doing quite a bit."
Isaac also volunteered at last December's Christmas Activities Day in Long Sutton where he helped put up and take stalls used by charities and community groups.
The teenager was rewarded for his community spirit with a certificate and model tractor of which he is a collector.
Coun Cawthorn said: "Isaac was really shocked and very surprised when the parish council decided to give him the award.
"Myself and Isaac's mum knew about the award before he got it last Saturday but we couldn't say anything to him.
"Isaac helps me round the park when he's not doing his schoolwork, picking up the litter and emptying the bins.
"He's also helped out at the Christmas festival, setting up Santa's grotto and the festive stalls.
"When he's not doing something with his mates, I think that Isaac likes helping out because it keeps him busy and he's very good about it.
"He's even been helping with some welding at home, alongside doing his schoolwork.
"But he didn't know what to say when he was given his certificate and model tractor."
Coun John Clarey, chairman of Long Sutton Parish Council, explained that the Community Awards were a "completely new" idea agreed by members at July's meeting as a way of rewarding people who have supported the town during lockdown.
"Isaac is a lovely young man and the idea of the award was to thank him, on behalf of the parish council, for going above and beyond what anybody could have asked of him."