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Youngsters are an inspiration

Primary School Awards at Carr Green School, Rastrick. George Kelly aged ten and Libby Carstairs aged eleven.

Primary School Awards at Carr Green School, Rastrick. George Kelly aged ten and Libby Carstairs aged eleven.

Courageous children from Carr Green Primary School were honoured by the Percival Whitley Educational Trust.

The organisation has decided to award seven very special young people with awards in recognition of their huge personal achievements, whilst coping with particular challenges in their lives.

Pupils Libby Carstairs and George Kelly were given special certificates by the trust.

Ten-year-old George suffers from cerebral palsy, resulting in limited mobility and, at times, difficulty breathing.

However, his determination has seen him undertake trumpet lessons with a specialist music teacher and is now a member of the Elland Silver training band.

As well as being an active member of the scouts and a keen swimmer he wowed the school during sports day when he had the whole crowd on their feet as he completed the long distance run.

Head teacher Paul Mashinter said: “George has made us all so very proud - we have never encountered determination quite like it.

“We can’t wait to see what he will do in sports day this year.”

Libby, 11, was born with a congenital heart defect and underwent major heart surgery in 2010 which sadly was unsuccessful and brought serious complications . During six months in intensive care she suffered a stroke, damage to her vocal chords and damage to her blood vessels in her legs, resulting in the loss of some toes.

However, she learnt to walk again, undergone three more operations, one only a few weeks ago, and continues to amaze family and friends.

She organized fundraising to support the campaign to save heart surgery in Leeds, took part on the school’s Ballroom Dancing Spectacular and won the Outstanding bravery award at the Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards last year.

Libby is an inspiration to the school and the whole community. She never complains and always has a smile on her face. She truly is a remarkable young lady.”

 

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