Pride of Nottinghamshire: Jasmine wins Outstanding Achievement Youth Awards
Jasmine Chapman, 11, has been named as the county-wide winner of this year’s 4Uth awards, at an event on Friday 22 November at County Hall.
Jasmine attends Richard Bonnington School in Arnold. She was nominated by her Pastoral Teaching Assistant, Grace Collins, for her charity fundraising, her sporting achievements, the way she has raised awareness of dwarfism in school and the community, as well as her overall inspiring positive attitude.
The Nottinghamshire Outstanding Achievement 4Uth Award is a Nottinghamshire County Council initiative to celebrate the achievements of young people across the county.
Jasmine has achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism. She raised £1,500 for Little People UK, a charity supporting people with the condition. She asked Warwick Davis for help, and the actor came to her school to give an assembly talking about dwarfism. He also sent Jasmine a video message, played at the award event, to congratulate her.
Jasmine raised a further £1,400, which paid for PE equipment and supported the work of the Dwarf Sports Association UK (DSA UK), by organising a fundraising day called ‘Sport for all’. She again called on celebrity support, this time from Paralympian swimmer Ellie Simmonds, who sent a personalised video, and later met Jasmine.
Jasmine enjoys playing football, swimming and boccia, a sport similar to bowls. This year she joined DSA UK and competed in the National Games in Birmingham, winning several medals.
Last year Jasmine underwent major surgery to help straighten her spine, due to scoliosis. She made a quick recovery, impressing staff at the hospital with her positive outlook, and was soon back doing what she loves best - playing sports.
Councillor Kay Cutts MBE, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Jasmine is an extremely worthy winner, and a wonderful young lady. Her positive attitude is infectious, and she should be very proud of her achievements.
“That she has achieved so much at such a young age, is a credit to her. I am sure others will find her example as inspiring as I do, and I am sure she has a bright future ahead of her.”
“It was a privilege to meet her and present the award. She is so cheerful and confident, letting nothing stand in her way.
“I was very pleased that she and the other young people could join us for the awards evening, so that we could commend them for their accomplishments.”
Councillor Tracey Taylor, Vice-Chairman of the Children and Young People’s Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “What stood out about Jasmine is her determination. Despite her young age, she has bounced back from any challenge with a smile, resolving to get the most out of life that she possibly can.
“I find it admirable that she overcomes these challenges, taking them in her stride, while also doing so much for other people.
“She is positive, friendly, and always tries her best at whatever she does.”
The other winners include:
- Ruth Lamb, 13, from Kirkby-in-Ashfield. She raised £4,000 for the John Eastwood Hospice Trust, following the death of her friend, while overcoming her own health issues. She is a young carer for her brother and also supports her grandfather.
- Kelsie Cowen, 13, from Bircotes. A carer for her uncle and grandmother, who passed away, she also cares for her brother, who was involved in a serious accident.
- Connor Cherry-Evans, 15, from Mansfield. He has worked through a traumatic period of disruption in his life, compounded by disability, towards a more positive future.
- Jake Ramsay, 18, from Balderton. He has overcome barriers presented by a learning disability and bereavement to become a valued community volunteer.
- Joe Morris, 15 from Keyworth. Overcoming a difficult period in his life, he learnt to manage mental health issues, becoming a regular member of Keyworth Young People's Centre.
For more details about the awards visit the Nottinghamshire County Council website: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/4uth