A PRIESTLEY College student has been recognised for her efforts to do good in the world.
Shannon Witts, who studies English Language, English Literature and Philosophy, was nominated for the PC Harold Howarth Award.
The nomination acknowledged her charity work and efforts to go ‘one step further in her kindness’ to others.
“Making a difference is the only reward I look for, but being recognised for it is always a bonus,” said Shannon.
The former Culcheth High pupil was invited to the Cheshire Police Museum in Arpley Street for the ceremony.
Her nomination came after she took part in a sponsored walk for Shelter with her Dad, contributing to a campaign that eventually raised £800,000.
“I felt very proud of both myself and my Dad and it was lovely to feel the support of my teachers throughout,” said Shannon.
Cheshire Police established the award in memory of PC Harold Howarth, from Fearnhead, who enjoyed a career of more than 25 years and who passed away in May 2019 aged 86.
Harold served as ‘village bobby’ in Padgate during the 1950s and 1960s before transferring to Winwick in 1969 and retiring in 1980. He was remembered by colleagues as a ‘firm believer in giving young people something positive to prevent them from getting in trouble’.
During the ceremony, a tribute was read about each of the nominees explaining why they had been chosen before they collected their certificates.
“It was very enjoyable, being surrounded by people who really want to make the world a better place. It gives you a feeling of pride to be part of the community,” said Shannon.
Priestley Vice Principal George Contos, who read Shannon’s tribute at the awards, said everyone within the college community was proud of her achievement.
“Shannon not only finds time to make a difference in the community, but has also excelled in her studies at Priestley,” he said.
“We wish her well for the future and we are certain she will not only fulfil her potential, but also continue to improve the lives of others.”