Brave Courtney is honoured with award

Rachel Brown-Finnis, Courtney Alty, winner of the Facing Adversity Category, and Ivan Lynch.
Rachel Brown-Finnis, Courtney Alty, winner of the Facing Adversity Category, and Ivan Lynch.

A teenager who lost her mother during her final year of school has been honoured with a special accolade.

Former Longridge High School pupil Courtney Alty, was recognised at the Lancashire Young People’s Awards 2016, in the category of personal adversity after facing huge personal difficulties.

The 16-year-old tragically lost her mum in August, and was then faced with the difficult task of completing her GCSE year without her support and guidance.

Despite this, Courtney showed admirable resilience and focus, working her hardest to achieve her best.

She also became a school prefect and was a valuable role model to those around her.

At her school prom in June, Courtney made sure she still shared her most special moments with her mother by wearing a pendant containing her ashes.

Courtney is now a student at Newman college and says she is extremely proud to have received the award.

She paid tribute to her strong support network of family, friends and the school in helping her through the tough times she has faced.

Headteacher Jane Green said: “We congratulate Courtney on her award and for all the hard work and dedication she showed during her final year here. We wish her every success for the future and are proud to have her as part of the Longridge family.”

Courtney received the award at an the event in Accrington accompanied by members of her family and teachers Sue Evans and April Gibson from the school.

The event was organised by the charity Every Action has Consequences which aims to recognise and reward young people who have shown courage in the face of personal adversity, contributed to their community or displayed a particular talent.

Founders Pat and David Rogers lost their son to an act of senseless violence in 2009 when he attempted to act as peacemaker in a fight between his friend and another group of boys.

Adam was punched in the face and immediately knocked unconscious, which led to fatal damage to his head as he hit the ground. Adam’s parents have been campaigning ever since 2010 to increase awareness of the effects of spontaneous violence.

The evening was a spectacular display of remarkable young people in the region, with more than 20 prizes awarded and presented by former England goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis and Britain’s Got Talent finalist Ella Shaw.

Adam’s lifelong friend Michael Strahm opened the ceremony by singing a song his had written in memory of his best friend. Other recipients include Emily Linaker, who underwent a heart transplant and medics thought her chances of survival were next to none, and Jordan Marsden, 17, who is a volunteer teaching assistant at the school that his seven-year-old sister Amelia attends.