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Local school pupil wins police Rising Above Adversity award

A teenager at the Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology (NAUST) has won a Nottinghamshire Police Rising Above Adversity award.

Danny Donnelly, a sixth form student at NAUST – which is part of Nova Education Trust – suffered life-changing injuries after an unprovoked attack back in February.
He suffered minor brain injuries, a fractured jaw, eye injuries and a concussion – all of which have affected his motor skills, speech, balance and memory.
This didn’t stop the 17-year-old from his commitments and hopes for his future. Danny is registered as a young carer for his father Lee Marriott who has Multiple Sclerosis – and even took an A level exam a week after suffering a seizure brought on by his brain injury.
“I was shocked but delighted to win the award, I just do the best I can,” said Danny. “My brain injury causes me to get sudden urges of anxiety and I can get panic attacks when there’s a loud noise or someone walks past me.”
Donna Powell – a support worker at the Carer’s Association – nominated Danny for the award and said: “Danny deserved huge credit for the way he has cared for his father, who is in a wheelchair due to the effects of MS. Despite his own struggles, Danny has continued to steadfastly support his father.
“Danny was severely affected by the assault on him. He has inspired me so much because he has not allowed what has happened to him to derail him in any way. He is a respectful, polite young man, who has always found time to support his father.
“Young carers like Danny can often be invisible. They go unnoticed and have so many obstacles and often time they feel that there in no one there to recognise their plight. They may not be able to utilise their talents because of their caring roles, but Danny is a prime example that despite your background, challenges and your own mental health, you can achieve your goals in whatever you want to do.”
Youth charity Base 51 and a panel of young people chose Danny as the winner. He was presented with the award at his home in Forest Fields and received a £100 gift card and a six-month gym membership.
Jo Jepson, CEO at the charity, said: “Danny is truly inspirational. Over the past year he has faced numerous challenges – including being seriously assaulted. Despite these challenges, he has been dedicated in his support and caring of others. He is a perfect example of rising through adversity and is a very deserving winner.”
Hoping for an A in his A levels, Danny talks about his hopes for his future, saying: “Moving forwards, I want to finish my A levels and then go on to do a BSc (hons) degree in Adult Nursing. I really want to give the best care as possible.”
Nottinghamshire Police launched the Live Our Best Life Awards programme as part of its Stephen Lawrence Day celebrations, which recognises the talents and achievements of young people across Nottinghamshire.

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