Bravery is honoured at awards ceremony

By Ian Dipple 20/04 Updated: 24/04 14:53

Buy photos » Max Loxley has had his bravery recognised by Coun Jane Potter, responsible for education and skills on Worcestershire County Council. (s)

A SCHOOL boy who refused to allow a brain tumour stop him from continuing with his education has been recognised for his bravery.

Max Loxley is a hard working highly talented pupil at Woodrush High School who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2011 resulting in him having to undergo major surgery. Despite his ordeal he has showed tremendous strength, courage and determination by returning to the Wythall school and refusing to let his condition get the better of him. He has also organised fund-raising events to support the hospital which treated him and even though he will face more surgery this year, he remains keen on school and has a wide range of active interests.

As a result of his bravery Max was presented with a Tryangle Award at a recent ceremony in Worcester. The awards are run by Worcestershire Council for Voluntary Youth Services and Worcestershire County Council and recognise the amazing achievements of young people across the county.

Phil Street, manager of WCVYS, said: "Max is proof you need to have a positive outlook on life."

More than 20 young people received awards in eight categories including citizenship, bravery, arts, music and sport.

Other winners included Redditch residents Ellie Upton and Tamar Davonport who were recognised in the personal development section.

Ellie was in and out of school, had problems with her health and was in trouble with the authorities. Since getting involved with the YMCA she has become involved in various community initiatives including the Prince’s Trust and the Fairbridge project and has started to turn her life around, moving into her own flat, remaining out of trouble with the law and being taken on as a YMCA apprentice.

Tamar's family situation meant she had to grow up quickly and found herself looking after her mum as well as watching out for her brothers. After getting into trouble with the law and becoming close to being excluded from school she has started to turn her life around. She has now passed a high level childcare qualification, built up a group of new friends and become an inspiration to others.

Mr Street added: "She has proven despite the challenges you may have to face you can still achieve and do well in education."

Buy photos» Tamar Davonport is presented with her award by Coun Ed Moore, chairman of Worcestershire County Council. (s)

Buy photos» Ellie Upton was given a personal development award by Coun Ed Moore, chairman of Worcestershire County Council. (s)

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