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'Haverhill Heroes' recognised at town school's annual awards




Community heroes from education, charity and health have been hailed in an online awards ceremony.

The Haverhill Heroes has been a project for Year 7 students at Castle Manor Academy for five years.

While this year’s event was held digitally there was no shortage of nominations before six overall winners were selected around the themes of “heroes and kindness”.

Disco Kitchen founder Andy Palazon has received a Haverhill Heroes award from Castle Manor Academy. Contributed picture
Disco Kitchen founder Andy Palazon has received a Haverhill Heroes award from Castle Manor Academy. Contributed picture

Sudha Jayan and Sue Williams, who both work in the healthcare sector, were among the winners along with Clair Eady, a staff member at Castle Manor Academy.

The youngest winner was 12-year-old student Chelsey Perman who was described by her nominee as the “most helpful girl in the world”.

Those who have spent the lockdown period supporting others were also honoured with Daniel Heath recognised for his work volunteering as a NHS Responder and shopping for the vulnerable.

A final award was given to Andy Palazon for his work leading the Disco Kitchen music sets which has raised more than £40,000 for the Joshua Tarrant Trust. The award was particularly special as Joshua was a student at the school.

Castle Manor headteacher, Vanessa Whitcombe, said: “The awards are a big part of the school’s history and even this year’s digital version captured the essence of local people doing fantastic things for their community.

“I would like to congratulate all the nominees. Our school values are around working hard and being kind and proud and this really shone throughout the awards. I am very proud of everyone who was involved. in this year’s event.”

You can view the full version of this year’s Haverhill Heroes at https://castlemanor.org.uk/news/haverhill-heros-2020.


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