Capt. Robert Nairac Awards
2017 Nairac Award Winnes
These annual Awards are named in memory
of Captain Nairac from Standish, who joined the Second Battalion
Grenadier Guards in January 1973. In 1977, at the age of 28 and
during his second tour of duty in Northern Ireland, he disappeared.
It later transpired that he had been abducted, tortured and murdered
by Irish terrorists. In February 1979 it was announced that Her
Majesty The Queen had approved the posthumous award of the George
Cross, the highest honour for gallantry in peacetime, to Captain
Nairac, whose body has not yet been found.
The Awards will
be presented by Dame Janet Trotter, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant
for Gloucestershire and Patron of the Gloucestershire Branch of The
Royal Society of St. George, during their 39th St. George’s Tide
Service in Gloucester Cathedral on Monday, 24 April.
winner of the Individual Nairac Award is Levi Major, an 18
year old from Tewkesbury. He lives with his father and younger
sister. He is a young carer for his father who has battled chronic
heroin and alcohol addiction, subsequent methadone dependency but is
now clean and in recovery. Sadly, his father has also recently been
diagnosed with cancer but has undergone treatment for this.
In his caring role this young man helps
with the household tasks and looks after his younger sister when
needed. He also provides emotional support to his father, keeping
him company - sitting with him, talking and listening – and
monitoring his wellbeing.
He has never
given in to the stigma surrounding parental substance misuse and
instead has always been vocal about how proud he is of his father’s
strength. His father has always been honest with his children about
his life and struggles. It is amazing this young man has the
emotional intelligence to both understand the complexities of
substance misuse and empathise with his father. Both he and his
younger sister are remarkable young people and a credit to their
Gloucestershire Young Carers were proud
to nominate him for the Nairac Award because he has shown great
integrity and bravery in the face of challenging circumstances. He
has worked hard to overcome social anxiety to get to a place where
he is confident going out and meeting new people. His quiet
confidence and strength of character has also been demonstrated in
group work with other young carers.
Levi has chosen
to give his Award cheque to Change Grow Live, a charity which
champions people who have faced hardships such as addiction,
homelessness and abuse, and supports them into recovery.
Group Award has been won by Stroud High School. Girls and staff
at the school were persuaded to give up social media for a week as
part of a social experiment that was also raising funds for charity.
McAllister gave a presentation to fellow students about how social
media had contributed to one girl’s anxiety levels. She urged others
to join her in a social media detox for a week. The week aimed to
inspire the girls to think about how they use social media and how
it impacts on their lives, as well as raise funds for the charity
Teens in Crisis. Around 400 people took part, including about 70
staff and parents.
acknowledges the students’ concern for the wellbeing of not just one
particular girl but all those who may be affected by social media
anxiety. It also recognises their maturity in addressing the issue
in a way which not only made everyone at their school think about
the use of social media but also raised money for a worthy cause.
This is the
first time a Nairac Award has been presented to a previous winner,
which demonstrates that Stroud High School continues to nurture and
produce special youngsters. The School first won the Award in 2006.
The Award cheque is being donated to
Teens in Crisis, which seeks to improve, preserve and promote good
mental health and well-being among young people and their families.
McAllister, Charlotte McNeil, Mia Denman and Jessica Hourston will
receive the Award for Stroud High School.
In announcing the Award winners, Pat
Ayres, Gloucestershire Branch Chairman, says "It will give me much
pleasure to read the citations for these Awards, which are presented
in the memory of a remarkable young soldier who made the ultimate
sacrifice for Queen and Country. Most of all the Awards allow the
Gloucestershire Branch of the Royal Society of St. George to
recognise the work and achievements of just a few of the many
wonderful young people we have in this county".
Award Winner, Levi Major, was nominated by Gloucestershire Young
Carers. Contact Jane Dyer, Fundraising and Marketing Manager, Tel:
0782 801 6857, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stroud High School can be contacted
through Sharon Smith, PA to the Headteacher, Tel: 01453 764441