THE inspiring efforts of two Thatcham youngsters who have raised funds and awareness for charity have been recognised by the outgoing mayor.
Bradley Young has been an active member of the Heartstart Thatcham team since he was five-years-old; helping to set up and run training events and stalls at fundraising events for the charity.
And the enthusiastic youngster will demonstrate his life-saving skills, including CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator, at public events. But he wanted to do more and made various craft items which he sold at several fundraising events.
At Christmas he helped to set up the Santa's Grotto and worked the whole evening as 'Santa's Little Helper' directing and helping visitors.
Heartstart Thatcham started to deploy defibrillators in October 2014. Bradley has started to learn where they are all located and comes out to check on them too.
His mum, Kim, said: “He has a genuine interest in all things Heartstart and loves learning the skills that can potentially save lives and showing these skills to other people.”
In recognition of his accomplishments, both to Heartstart Thatcham and to help save lives in the community, the outgoing mayor of Thatcham, Gary Johnson, presented Bradley with a Thatcham Town Council Partnership Badge. The presentation was made during a special assembly at Spurcroft Primary School which is immensely proud of what he had accomplished.
Mr Johnson also presented a certificate to Lennon Foad, the inspirational youngster who raised more than £3,500 for Breast Cancer Care after organising and completing a 20-mile bike ride to raise money for his nanny Pam and others with cancer.
Lennon received a standing ovation from pupils and staff at Compton Primary School at the presentation, following a standing ovation when he was presented with his partnership badge at the town's civic awards evening.
Mr Johnson said that the scene had brought a tear to his eye and that presenting the awards to the town's future generation at the end of his term as mayor had filled him with an immense sense of pride for the town.