Three girls from Royton and Crompton Secondary School have been recognised by the Mayor of Oldham for leaping to the aid of an injured woman.
Amy Leach (aged 16), Aneesha Hoque and Caitlin Murray (both aged 15) were on their way to pick up a PE kit when they saw school visitor, Elaine Robinson, fall over a coffee table in the school’s reception area and break her wrist.
Elaine, an Oldham SENDIASS* Officer, was at the school to collect some information when she had the accident. Wanting to show her appreciation to the young trio, Elaine contacted the Mayor’s Office at Oldham Council to see if they could honour the girls’ actions in some way.
That’s exactly what happened as the Mayor of Oldham, Councillor Shadab Qumer, later presented Amy, Aneesha and Caitlin with the Mayor’s Appreciation Award along with some vouchers.
Elaine said: “The girls were just amazing, so kind and caring and I just wanted to say a big thank you to them because a lot of young people wouldn’t know what to do in that situation.
They managed to get me up, provide me with a chair and some water and get me some further help.
“Lots of young people get bad press but in my role I am seeing big changes and there are big improvements especially with this cohort of children at Royton and Crompton.”
The girls were very surprised to hear they were going to meet the Mayor and receive an award. Their teacher Mrs Freer, Head of Year 11, accompanied them on the day and said: “It’s a massive pat on the back to the girls to be recognised in this way.
“The school is in the process of change and things are steadily getting more positive, which the children are coming to realise and their actions are beginning to reflect this.
“Actions like that of Amy, Aneesha and Caitlin will soon become the norm and we couldn’t be more proud of them for leading the way.”
This is a great example of caring and compassionate pupils from Oldham.