SHE was taken aback by a child’s zest for life.
So Councillor Leah Turner, the Mayor of Havant borough, decided to nominate Wyatt Humphrey for a Youth Award.
The Hayling councillor has nominated the 11-year-old for an award in the Challenging a Disability category.
She is one of dozens of people who have requested a nomination form for this year’s Youth Awards, which are run by The News and are now in their third year.
The awards aim to recognise the tremendous contribution young people make to our communities, whether it helping charity, having a talent to show off, or being a friend in times of need.
Cllr Turner was most impressed when she met Wyatt, who attends Riverside Special School in Crookhorn.
She said: ‘Wyatt is a lovely young man who although very disabled fights to live as normal a life as possible.
‘As Mayor of Havant I was honoured to present him with a certificate at The Cubs and Beavers Scouts Awards in Leigh Park.
‘He is long time fostered by the Stanways, a kind couple living on Hayling Island.
A ceremony will take place on June 12 at the Kings Theatre in Southsea.
Jeff Travis, who helps to organise the awards, which are sponsored by Kenwood, said: ‘It’s been quite a slow start, but the nominations are now starting to come in.
‘Already we have some wonderful tales of talent, courage and determination.
‘There are thousands upon thousands of young people in our community and I’m sure there must be great stories out there.
‘We could definitely do with a flurry of nominations in the next few weeks.’
To request a nomination form please e-mail email@example.com. Nomination forms can also be downloaded at jpsouthevents.co.uk.
Alternatively call Liz Parker, events co-ordinator, on (023) 9262 2206. The deadline for nominations is April 22.
The age limit is 18 and under. There are a range of categories, including ‘Hero of the Year’ and ‘Learner of the Year’.
It is easier for us to process nomination forms if they are filled in electronically and then e-mailed back to us, but we will also accept handwritten nomination forms.