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Community Stars Awards 2020: Outstanding Student of the Year

DO you know a student who has made a difference in Bradford and deserves recognition?

As one of nine categories in the Community Stars Awards 2020, The Outstanding Student Award will recognise a student who has made an outstanding contribution to their local community voluntarily.

Any student nominated must be currently undertaking full or part-time study in Primary, Secondary, Higher and Further Education.

The community activity must be Bradford-based.

In last year's awards, the Outstanding Student of the Year award was handed to then 15-year-old Tabitha Wood.

The teenager beat a rare form of ovarian cancer and has since launched her own charity to help other young cancer patients like herself.

Tabitha was diagnosed with a fast-growing ovarian cancer after feeling tired and noticing a lump in her stomach.

Tests showed she had a tumour the size of a melon and she underwent emergency surgery at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) to remove it.

The Bradford Grammar School (BGS) student was spurred on to create her own cause after raising more than £22k for the teenage cancer ward at LGI and Hannah’s Willberry Wonder Pony, a charity which grants equine wishes for seriously ill people. The monetal feat was reached with a tough 250 mile cycle ride from London to Leeds in the summer with dad, Adrian, 58, and brother Ben, 19.

Tabby, who is in remission, now has blood tests every two months and scans every three.

Dr Simon Hinchliffe, Bradford Grammar head, said: “Tabby is a true inspiration to all of us and she is the living embodiment of our school motto, Hoc Age, which translates as ‘get on and do’."

The awards, organised by the Telegraph & Argus and Bradford Council, are designed to give recognition to those striving to make a difference in their local communities.

Our readers are being asked to nominate people before judges whittle them down to a shortlist of nominees.

Nominations can only be submitted online.

The finalists will be revealed in November.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there will not be a ceremony this year but winners will receive a sparkling, silver medal.

The Telegraph & Argus will be revealing more about each one over the coming days.

To nominate someone you know for a Community Stars Award, please visit https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/communitystars/communitystarsnominationform/

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