Councillor Paul Denham, Mayor of Worcester, honoured three Pershore High School students at a special reception on 13th September in Worcester Guildhall. Back in the summer they rescued a man and his dog from the River Severn in Worcester. Charlotte Whitehead (15) from Brockhill Village, Callum Strickland (15) from Norton and Tom Banks (15) from Brockhill Village, are taking Sports Studies as part of their GCSEs and as one of their disciplines, are members of Worcester Canoe Club. They met up for a trip intending to head up the Severn to The Camp House at Grimley. On the way they came across a man who had fallen in the river whilst trying to rescue his dog, he was shivering and hanging onto a tree on the river bank. The man was unable to climb up the steep bank and was holding onto his golden Labrador in waist high waters. Tom Banks spotted the man and alerted his fellow canoeists, and they put their emergency training into action. Through their quick thinking, calmness and team work they were able to get both the man and the dog into the boat and took them to a place of safety where they were able to climb up the banks to the where the man’s wife was waiting.
The three youngsters, along with family members, were treated to tea and cakes in the Mayor’s parlour as well as being given a tour of the Guildhall. Finally, they were presented with a bravery certificate a ceramic plate (an example is pictured). All associated with Pershore High School are so proud of their achievement and this well earned recognition.