Youngsters recognised for overcoming the odds in Doncaster

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They’re Doncaster’s finest – and the town has shown its pride in them at a civic ceremony at Mansion House.

Even One Direction star Louis Tomlinson had a message for the 35 winners of the Donasater Young People’s awards, who received their certificates this week.

The awards are organised by the Freemen of Doncaster and were presented to school pupils who have made an outstanding effort in the last year.

Some of the youngsters had achieved great things and others had overcome illness or big challenges.

Among those receiving awards, which were handed out by civic mayor Coun Eddie Dobbs, were a number of youngsters who have fought serious illness.

They included Sonia Athi, at pupil at Trinity Academy in Thorne, who has battled cancer to pass her A levels and now hopes to be a doctor.

Millia Murphy of McAuley School, Cantley, won an award after completing her GCSEs despite suffering a series of mini-strokes due to a medical condition.

She was described as ‘a credit to herself, her family and a positive role model for the youth of Doncaster’.

Adam Harrison, from Don Valley School was nominated for his hard work despite the unexpected death of his mother.

Meanwhile, Hall Cross pupil Emily Ibbotson was recognised for her sporting success which has seen her become a member of the England under 18 kayak slalom squad.

Louis Tomlinson, of boy band One Direction who is a former pupil at Hayfield and Hall Cross schools, sent a message congratulating all of the winners.

Freeman group chairman Tony Storey, who was Louis’ headteacher at The Hayfield School in Auckley, said Louis was unavailable to attend.

He said: “He sends his congratulations to all the award students and good wishes in their future directions.”

The winners were: Amy Byatt, Munashe Chibwe, Ash Hill, Billy Yu, Donna Laver, Armthorpe; Chloe Craven, Halmt Kadiri, Balby Carr; Philip Thompson, Hollie Gladman, Campsmount; Jack Barlow, Ramoya Randall, Danum, Declan Earp, Emma Taylor, De Warenne; Charlotte Larner, Adam Harrison, Don Valley; Mat Scott, Doncaster College; Naomi Smith, Emily Ibbotson, Hall Cross; Greg White, Jessica Hill, Hayfield; Charlie McGough, Lucy Chappell, Hungerhill; Millie Murphy, Henry Cawthorne, McAuley; Amy Glover, Connor Fieldsend, Mexborough; Loren Rushton, Josh Wray, Outward Adwick; Jodie Ng, Samuel Jones, Ridgewood; Emily Arnold, Danny Walker, Rossington; Kannika Nathomthong, Rob Mackintosh, Sir Thomas Wharton and Blaike Watkins, Sonia Athi, Trinity.