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TWO young students who attend a special school for boys with emotional and social difficulties have been nominated for awards.

The charity Engage in Their Future has shortlisted Kieron Matthews, 13, and Harry Gatehouse, 14, of Prospect School in Leigh Park, for their first National Awards for achievement and community service.

Harry, who suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), volunteers for the Hayling Seaside Railway, has raised more than £70 for Help for Heroes through a sponsored car wash and spends time visiting elderly care home residents.

Kieron, who has a phobia of paper which resulted in very low attendance, has worked hard to face his fears and now never misses a day of school.

Josie Payne, the school’s science manager who tutors Harry and Kieron, said: ‘I am so proud of both of these young boys who have overcome significant difficulties to become major contributors to their community.

‘I know there are a lot of deserving youngsters but in our eyes these two deserve to win.

‘They set a fantastic example to the rest of the school and I can’t wait to accompany them to the awards event.’

The winners will be announced at the National Awards Ceremony in Wiltshire on June 27.