Horsforth Town Council Awards Ethan18.05.2017
We are delighted to let you know that Ethan in Year 11 has received an individual Young Achiever award from Horsforth Town Council, for his commitment to remembering the soldiers of WW1.
Ethan’s sponsored swim raised funds to pay for the ongoing electricity costs to provide lighting for Horsforth Cenotaph. Ethan said “I'm pleased to say that my swim raised a fantastic £1020, so thanks to everyone who generously donated, family, teachers and friends for supporting me and the Grammar School for waiving the pool hire cost. The lighting itself was made possible by fundraising led by the Royal British Legion Horsforth and the Horsforth WWI 100 Years Project. Including my swim fundraising which is paying for the electricity costs of the lighting, students have raised £2300 for the Cenotaph Renewal Project".
Ethan was the school ambassador at the last Remembrance Sunday service and played the role of carefree young soldier Walter in the 2016 school production of The Pals. Mr Bovington who coordinated The Pals said “Ethan has shown outstanding commitment to the whole WW1 Project. His portrayal of Walter, a young man who loved all that life had to offer but who willingly gave his life in his country’s service, was excellent. Ethan should especially be commended on the funds he raised from his swim completing 89 lengths in 51 minutes, one length for each of the 89 Horsforth men killed in 1917. He’s an enthusiastic, determined but modest student who greatly exceeded his initial target. As captain of the swim team he's an excellent rolemodel”. Town Council Chair John Garvani added “We’re delighted to be able to give this young man his award in recognition of all that he has done to promote remembrance of the soldiers from our town who died in WW1”.
Ethan will visit the Somme Battlefields on a school trip this summer. He added “I’m privileged to have represented Horsforth School at various remembrance ceremonies but I now have a special family connection to honour as I will lay a wreath at the grave of my great great grandfather Reginal Wright killed in 1918. I will also lead the group of younger students laying wreathes on behalf of our school and our town at the Menin Gate".
“My great great grandfather's name was missed off the Headingley war memorial but has now been added following a campaign by my great uncle Graham. Our fashion show also funded fixing new plaques on Horsforth Cenotaph for soldiers whose names had also been missed off – my friends and I were nervous but we gave it a go for a good cause.” added Ethan.
Well done Ethan, you should be very proud.