Head girl Catherine the ideal role model

ALL WINNERS: Catherine Bramhald, centre, with the nominees for the award.
ALL WINNERS: Catherine Bramhald, centre, with the nominees for the award.

The winner of the Sudbury Young Citizen of the Year Award has been praised for her outstanding contribution to her community.

Catherine Bramhald, who is head girl at Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard, picked up the award during a ceremony at Newton Green Golf Club on Monday night.

The 18-year-old from Leavenheath was described by judges as the perfect example for others due to the work she has done mentoring younger students and also for leading a visit to Sudbury’s Age UK Chilton Centre to hand out Christmas hampers.

“It was a very tough decision but the judges felt Catherine was an excellent role model, both in school and in the wider community,” said Valerie Goodchild, one of the organisers.

“These awards show that the majority of young people in the area are super people and are doing a great deal of good.”

Catherine was nominated for the accolade by assistant headteacher Carmel Bavington, who said she was an “exceptional citizen”.

The school’s deputy head boy and girl, William Nicholson, 15, and Brooke Wright, 13, gained first prize in the team awards, with members of the Helping Hands youth committee being named in second. Great Cornard Scouts Angel Richardson, 14, Ethan Barrett, 15, and Beth Stenson, 16, came third.

Gemma Marsh, 14, from Leavenheath, a pupil at Ormiston Sudbury Academy, collected second place in the individual category for her charitable fundraising.

She has completed a sponsored swim to help a life-saving club teach more children to swim and put her baking skills to good use to bring in hundreds of pounds for Children in Need and Comic Relief.

Third position went to Lily Skeggs, from Bures, also a pupil at Thomas Gainsborough. Having been born with a serious heart condition, Lily has helped buy toys and games for children on the Rose ward at the Royal Brompton Hospital, where she is treated.

The awards are run by Sudbury’s two rotary clubs.