NEW’s Young Star!

Posted on: 24th January 2018

Having been nominated for a Great Bid Thank You award, one of our Year 7 students Owen Perks walked away with the Young Star Award.


Finalists, celebrities and sponsors all gathered on Thursday 18th January at the Express & Star’s Great Big Thank You Awards 2018, to discover who the readers had chosen to receive one of the prestigious awards.

Twelve-year-old Owen has raised around £3,000 in the past 18 months through a series of charity events. Owen had his head shaved in memory of Stephen Sutton, spent six hours sat in a box to experience what it was like to have a disability like his friend with cerebral palsy – and most recently completed a walk from Wolverhampton to Walsall to raise money for Tommy Brown who had his hands and legs amputated as a result of meningitis. These are just a few charity events Owen has been a part of and demonstrates Owen’s caring, compassionate and ‘can do’ attitude.

Owen said: “When they were reading out the names of the finalists in my category I had a weird feeling in my stomach, I felt like I was going to be sick but I think it was just nerves. It felt great to be the overall winner in my category but all the finalists do brilliant things so I would have been pleased if one of the others had won as well. I had a really good night and I got to meet Steve Bull and Noddy Holder who presented me with my award.”

Owen pledges that he will carry on doing more charity work and continue to try and make a difference in people’s lives.

Owen is a truly inspirational student and the academy staff and students are immensely proud of his achievements – well done Owen!


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