Dyslexics shine at awards night

By Mark Andrews | Telford | Education | Published:

More than 120 people turned out for an Oscars-style award ceremony to celebrate the achievements of dyslexics in Shropshire.

Shropshire Dyslexia Awards was held for the second year running at the Enginuity museum at Coalbrookdale, with BBC Radio Shropshire presenter Paul Shuttleworth taking on the role as master of ceremonies.

A total of 15 awards were presented during the event, with categories recognising both people with dyslexia and those who work to support them.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service took the Supportive Employer Award, while Rebecca Oxtoby won the Shining Star Teenager title.

Wayne Chisnall won the Amazing Art Award, and Lesley Tranter was recognised for her work for children with special educational needs.

The event also raised £650 for the Georgia Williams Trust, a charity set up to help young people achieve their dreams in memory of murdered teenager Georgia. The raffle was boosted by a set of Bose headphones donated by Acoustic Boutique in Shrewsbury.

Organiser Elizabeth Wilkinson said the event had been fantastic.

"All guests reported having thoroughly enjoyed the awards and celebration evening," she said.

Miss Wilkinson said preparations for next year's awards, on November 10, had already begun.

Mark Andrews

By Mark Andrews

Senior news writer for the Shropshire Star specialising in in-depth features and commentary, investigative reporting and political matters.


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