Congratulations to Grace Mathews, the winner of this year’s Silver Arrow Award. Grace, aged 10, received her award in recognition of her contribution to the community and her fundraising for the benefit of others.
Since 2013, Grace has raised over £6,000 for various local charities through the annual Swimathon and other events. The main charities that have benefited include:
Lincoln and Nottingham Air Ambulance
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Bowel Cancer UK
Lincoln Asthma Swimming Group and Lincolnshire Headway
When you Wish Upon a Star
Grace has demonstrated good team building skills, maturity, generosity and determination to support these local charities.
The Silver Arrow Award ceremony took place at Lincoln Guildhall yesterday evening (April 14), and the awards were presented by the Mayor of Lincoln, Andrew Kerry.
The awards also honoured Sophie Robinson, who sadly passed away earlier this year at the age of 12. She was a tireless campaigner for cancer awareness, documenting her illness on social media and raising money at the same time. Sophie received a Special Award that was accepted on her behalf by her mother, Stacy and father, Ben.
Recognition also went to the runners-up:
Sophie Fleming and Eleni Taylor (both aged 18), who were recognised for organising Our Big Gig in the Arboretum, a popular annual gig which has been running since 2013.
Kiera Husband (aged 11), who was recognised for being a young carer to her Mum.
The Mayor of Lincoln, Andrew Kerry, said: “I would personally like to say well done to Kiera, Eleni and Sophie on their achievements. They were definitely worthy runners-up.”
“Grace should be congratulated for her determination to raise a staggering amount of money to support these fantastic local charities, and her receiving the 2016 Silver Arrow Award is thoroughly well-deserved.”
“I also did not want this year’s award to go by without acknowledging Sophie Robinson, who was an inspirational, brave, courageous and generous child. It was a great honour to award our one-off Special Award to her family.”
“We’ve had a fantastic calibre of nominees this year. Their achievements really do demonstrate that we have a lot of inspiring young people in Lincoln.”