Hucknall lad Regan is an inspiring winner of county award
A young man from Hucknall has named as one of the winners in the 2020 Nottinghamshire 4Uth Award.
Regan Cattell is the winner for Ashfield in the awards, which are a Nottinghamshire County Council initiative to celebrate the achievements of young people across the county who took action in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic to help their friends, family and community, or made positive changes to their own lives.
After facing serious challenges in recent years, Regan has made big changes in his life, helping his family, getting a job and setting up a fishing activity for older people in Ashfield
Regan, who has learning difficulties, helps his mother who works during the daytime by taking care of his siblings, and mentors one of his younger siblings who became at risk through associations with local young people involved in criminal activity.
Regan does the shopping, takes his siblings to school, and makes sure that they all follow Covid-19 precautions when they are outside.
He now works part time with a roofing company and registered with CT skills Nottingham.
He has also started his CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) card training.
He is a keen angler and has set up the fishing activity for local elderly residents, encouraging them to socially distance while walking to, and fishing around, the pond.
This has helped older people in Hucknall to keep active and connected to their community.
The 2020 awards were delayed because of the pandemic but not cancelled as the council felt it was more important than ever to acknowledge the achievements of young people in Nottinghamshire, in what was a very difficult year.
Coun Kay Cutts MBE, council leader, said: “I’m very proud of all of our winners who have created innovative ways of carrying out services to others in their community.
“They are remarkable young people who have made a real difference, showing what we can achieve when we work together to help others.
“I know that those closest to them are also very proud of them, for the way they have overcome considerable challenges.
“Congratulations to all of our winners and nominees.”