Just over a year ago whilst in Year 11 here at UTC South Durham Will was diagnosed with type one diabetes. As a promising young rugby player, Will at first struggled with his diagnosis, and sat his GCSEs having not long known about having the condition.
Since then he has learned how to efficiently manage his condition and is fit and well. He has also given up his own time and has been working with Diabetes UK as a young ambassador going into schools delivering presentations to young people across the North East. If that was not enough, Will is also in the process of organising a trip to the Arctic with nine others to raise awareness of Diabetes UK and to raise much needed funds for the charity.
As a result of this his colleagues at Diabetes UK nominated Will for a Young Person’s Outstanding Contribution Award, and we recently found out that he has won.
In what has been a bit of a tough year for Will and his family, he continues to be a great student and works very hard on his academic studies, aspiring to be an engineer after sitting his A-Levels next year.
All of us here at UTC South Durham are so overwhelmingly proud of Will, what he has already achieved and what he continues to achieve here with us at UTC Sixth Form. Congratulations Will, very much deserved!
We will be sure to keep you posted on Will's Arctic Challenge, please see here to sponsor Will and his team.