Fred Harris Education Awards 2021

Redruth Charity Trust awards £4200 in its 2021 Education Awards

The 2021 Fred Harris Education Awards returned to in-person presentations and included new collaborations with Amazon and Tor Mark books to enhance the package provided to schools.

Trustees were thrilled to be able to return to visiting in person to announce the winners and present the library donations to the ten schools in the Redruth area, which took place in the final days of the academic year.

Redruth Charity Trust awarded a £50 Amazon voucher to one Year 6 pupil in each of the town’s ten schools that has made a difference to their school and community, in honour of Mr F.L.Harris (Trustee 1947-1990) who spent his lifetime working in education.  The schools nominate their winning students.

To the ten primary schools, RCT has made a donation towards their library provisions, between £150 and £450 according to the school’s KS2 pupil numbers.

Thanks to the support of Amazon this year, in addition to the regular individual sponsors to the scheme, the Trust was able to enhance the 2021 cash donation with a collection of 19 Cornish books, obtained from Tor Mark Books, an established publisher based in St Day. Titles were selected to match in with curriculum topics. The Trust thanks Amazon Redruth Delivery Station, The Penventon Park Hotel, Dave Hendry Electrical, Julie Mitchell, Debbie & Colin Taylor, Patrick Orient, Alan & Sam Hailey, Graham Young, Wilf Alich, Sue & Nigel Pearce and Alan & Maxine Milliner for supporting the scheme.

Chris Hailey, Chair of Trustees, said:

“The Year Six students in our district have been impacted the most by this pandemic; cancelled school camps for two successive years, cancelled Christmas carol concerts, sports day without spectators, the list goes on. We were therefore thrilled that the restrictions lifted in time for Trustees to visit schools in person, and let them know how much we value their resilience and maturity, as well as applauding the ten students that have stood out as having made a difference during their primary years. Congratulations to all the winners.

The aim of the Fred Harris Education Award scheme is to support the schools to offer exciting and engaging reading material in their libraries, and our cash donations are always well received, but we were delighted to be able to enhance this with a collection of Cornish books from Tor Mark, the response to which was hugely positive. We hope that this collection, and the new material that our cash donations will buy, will make a difference to all students.

“To welcome Amazon to the scheme this year meant a great deal to us, it’s recognition by a huge multi-national company of the Trust’s role at the heart of the community, bringing business and charity together to make a difference to more and more of Redruth’s residents every year.”

The 2021 winners are:

Isabelle Glaze
Treleigh CP School

Megan Hannon
Lanner Primary School

Kian Knuckey
Curnow Lower School

Aimee Walters
Illogan Primary School

Tristan Davey
Treloweth Primary School

Lexie Read
Pencoys Primary School

Evie Skinner
Portreath School

Kiera Buzza
Pennoweth Primary School

Sarah Hopton
Trewirgie Junior School

Georgina Gumma
St Day & Carharrack Community School