Rotary award for young community champion Ethan
An 11 year old Bridgerule Primary School pupil has been given a special award to recognise his outstanding contribution to the local community.
Ethan Pinchess was presented with a Young Person’s Community Award by the Rotary Club of Holsworthy.
School Principal Anne Bunning said: “We are so proud of Ethan here at Bridgerule Primary School. He has been an important member of our Community Action Group and has worked tirelessly to raise funds and listen to the voices of our community.”
Ethan’s mother, Karen, said: “Ethan first had some health issues from about two months old. Despite numerous hospital visits to Barnstaple, Bristol Children’s Hospital and Great Ormond Street, with numerous tests and examinations, he remains undiagnosed.
“It is thought he has a genetic/metabolic condition that basically causes severe fatigue, pain, and nausea among other things. He often uses a wheelchair and has been attending school part time.
“He hasn’t let any of this stop him and wholeheartedly partakes in school activities and his friendships.”
Presenting Ethan with his award, Geoff Cusick, president of the Rotary Club of Holsworthy, said: “I am delighted to make this award to Ethan. Rotary’s values are all about helping others and contributing to our community: this award recognises Ethan’s outstanding contribution, and, we hope, encourages everyone to follow his example.”
Ethan’s Mum, Karen, added: “He was completely surprised by the award and still is! He is very proud and extremely grateful for the prizes. Thank you very much, I am so proud of him.”
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