- 24th Nov 2020 14:26
Havelock Academy student receives award after raising hundreds for local hospital
The ongoing isolation brought about by the coronavirus pandemic has reminded many of us of the importance of community and giving back to support one another. During the first lockdown, Henry Howarth, Head Boy at Havelock Academy Sixth Form – part of the David Ross Education Trust – set himself the challenge of running 10km every day for 30 days to raise money for materials to make desperately needed scrub sets for local hospitals.
The money raised from his challenge purchased material which was donated to a local sewing group “For the Love of Scrubs”, who then transformed it into sets of scrubs for hospital and health workers. Henry raised £450 which allowed him to purchase enough material for at least 100 sets of scrubs.
This is not the only charitable work Henry has done. Since the age of 13, Henry has raised over £14,000 for various charities. In recognition of his marvellous work and philanthropic spirit, Henry was awarded the British Citizen Youth Award, in association with Specsavers, which recognises exceptional young people who positively impact their communities.
Messages of support have been sent to all the winners of this prestigious award from TV personalities Michael Underwood, Matt Allwright, Tim Vincent, Kimberly Walsh, and Bradley Walsh.
Dame Mary Perkins, Co-Founder of Specsavers and BCyA Patron said:
“These incredible young people are the rising stars of the future – let us shine a light on them and celebrate! I hope that many more youngsters will follow in their foosteps.”
Emma Marshall, Principal at Havelock Academy, said:
“We are extremely proud of Henry and his efforts to support our community and raise money to ensure local NHS staff and other key workers remain safe. During these incredibly challenging times he has thought only about what he can do to help other people, and he has played a key role in providing essential scrubs where they are most needed.
“We want our students to leave Havelock as kind, well rounded and compassionate members of society, and Henry’s actions prove he has taken this to heart. We are thrilled that Henry has received the recognition for his work in our community, and we can’t wait to see the amazing things he does next.”