AN inspirational Solihull College tutor has been recognised at national level for her exceptional mentoring of a student suffering from epilepsy.
Course leader Emma Harcourt was recently presented with a Young Epilepsy Education Champion Award for going ‘above and beyond’ her station to help the young sufferer, who is now studying at university.
The award, which was presented to Emma at City Hall in London, recognises the teacher’s dedication and support for the student, whose confidence and courage has been boosted as a result of her mentoring.
Emma said: “Every young person should be treated equally, regardless of any medical condition. I may have encouraged this student but everything he has achieved has all been through his own merit.
“Thank you to Young Epilepsy for this amazing evening and this wonderful award, I cannot wait to show everyone back at the college.”
Chart-topping singer Peter Andre, who attended the event, said: “It is heartbreaking that in this day and age epilepsy can still have such a devastating effect. I am so proud of my brother for the difference he is making to young lives with epilepsy.
“There is still a mountain to climb when it comes to raising epilepsy awareness and breaking down the stigma that surrounds it, but with the support of more people like the Young Epilepsy Champions, we will get there.”
For further information, visit www.youngepilepsy.org.uk.