Awards for youngsters who do their best in the community

The Normanton Rotary Young Citizen Awards with Mayor of Wakefield Elaine Blezard and Ian James. (W543C317)
The Normanton Rotary Young Citizen Awards with Mayor of Wakefield Elaine Blezard and Ian James. (W543C317)

Young heroes have been recognised for helping make their communities a better place to live.

Twelve people, all aged under 25, were honoured at the Normanton Rotary Young Citizen Awards.

First prize went to Rochelle Liddle, 16, of Henderson Avenue, Normanton.

The army cadet was nominated by her detachment commander, Shane Hopkinson, for her drastic change in attitude since signing up.

She quickly working through the ranks and gained her first star within five months – which, on average, takes cadets 12 months to complete.

She was promoted to Lance Corporal in 2011 and by last August had completed her second star. She has taken part in the National Citizen Services, passed a junior leaders course and is now a corporal.

Mr Hopkinson said: “She is a far cry from the lady who joined us just over two years ago. She is a model cadet with a fine future in front of her.”

Rochelle was awarded £250 for the charity of her choice – the Rosalie Ryrie Foundation, in Wakefield.

She also received £50, a piece of glassware and a certificate presented by Mayor of Wakefield and Normanton Coun Elaine Blezard at the event, held last Thursday.

Second prizes of £30 went to Jessica Perry, 15, of Truro Walk, Normanton, and Rebekah Pedder, 14, of Hanby Avenue, Altofts.

The pair, described as “excellent pupils”, were nominated by rotarian Bob Burgess and Joanne Braham of Freeston Academy for their charity fundraising.

Rebekah raised £1,050 for Macmillan Cancer Care by setting up a book exchange scheme in the Co-op supermarket. Jessica helped her and headed up another group to raised money for the store’s charity.

A comment from their nomination said: “Both are very humble when they talk about their fundraising. I don’t think they realise what a big difference they make. Both girls have relatives touched by cancer.”

Alexander McKelvey, 23, of Freeston Court, Normanton, was awarded third prize of £25. He was nominated by Tessa Lloyd of the 1st Normanton Scout Group.

Mr McKelvey is a scout leader. He assists with the Explorer Group, for 14 to 18- year-olds, and has helped set up a cub group in Knottingley.

A comment from his nomination said: “The amount of time and energy he gives to helping children through scouting is exceptional.”

All nominees received a framed certificate and a photograph of them receiving the award from the mayor.