Toby Jones awarded with Nairac Youth Award

On Monday The Gloucestershire Branch of The Royal Society of St. George in the the presence of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal at their 40th Annual St. George’s Day Service in Gloucester Cathedral honoured Cirencester College student Toby Jones with the Nairac Youth Award.

A packed Cathedral enjoyed a Service of Celebration of England’s Patron Saint.  During the Service Her Royal Highness presented the award to Toby.

Toby’s citation read: “Toby has worked extremely hard to overcome his physical and motor skills problems, including giving special instructions to a ‘practical assistant’ in his GCSE mathematics exam.  But his own problems do not stop him giving time, support and understanding to the needs of others.  Despite his own multiple physical difficulties, Toby volunteers at Battledown Centre for Children and Families helping children with quite complex physical difficulties and a range of learning abilities.  He is currently a Student Ambassador, representing Cirencester College at events and promoting its services to prospective students.”

Toby is donating his Award cheque to Battledown Friends’ Group who support the school where he volunteers.

A delighted Toby explained:  “It was a privilege to receive the Nairac Youth Award this will be a highlight that I will never forget.  I was honoured to see the Princess Royal at Gloucester Cathedral.  The money they have given me will help support Battledown Centre for Children and Families, which is really important to me.”

Branch Chairman, Mrs. Pat Ayres, MBE said “The Branch enjoys recognising exceptional Gloucestershire youngsters through the Nairac Awards presented every year at our St. George’s Day Service. We were privileged that Her Royal Highness attended our 40th Anniversary Service and honoured that she presented all the Awards that evening”.  A posy of St. George’s Day red roses was presented to The Princess Royal by Keith Bawden, Branch committee member.

The Address was given by the Dean of Gloucester, the Very Reverend Stephen Lake.

Alongside Branch members the congregation included the current High Sheriff, Mr. Charles Martell and his wife; the National Chairman of The Royal Society of St. George, Mrs. Joanna Cadman; the Mayor and Sheriff of Gloucester, other dignitaries and representatives from all walks of life in Gloucestershire and beyond.

Jim Grant, Principal of Cirencester College, said how very proud  the College were of Toby.  “I have been asked by numerous staff this morning if I have seen these great photographs, we value Toby’s contribution to the College so much, particularly as he is such an amazing Ambassador for us. We are delighted it was such a special event for Toby and his family”

Further information available from:

Margaret Fuller, Branch Secretary – contact details at the head of this release

Photographs courtesy of Paul Nicholls Pohotography – paulnicholls444@gmail.com