Inspirational Callum returns to St. Mary’s to present the Jamie Payne-Ross Award
The 2013 Jamie Payne-Ross Award was presented at St. Mary’s Menston on Friday, 14 June.
Jamie Payne-Ross Award 2013 photo gallery (15 photos)
The Award is presented annually at the school in memory of Jamie Payne-Ross who died in a tragic accident in December 1993. The Award is for outstanding achievement in sport for a Year 8 boy (12–13 years old) and was presented to the school by Jamie’s mother Colleen and elder brother Adam. Previous presenters of the Award include Sir Trevor Brooking, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson and the Kaiser Chiefs.
The presenter of the award this year was past student Callum Hall. At just 20 years of age, Callum was diagnosed with having a rare infection called an epidural abscess on his spine. It is thought that this was the result of being stung by a sea urchin whilst on holiday in Skiathos last September. The abscess burst and damaged Callum’s spinal cord causing him to be paralysed from the chest down. Doctors believed Callum had just hours to live and he underwent life-saving surgery to remove the abscess. He has been receiving treatment to remove the rest of the infection but the paralysis still remains, although some movement is slowly returning. Doctors have said that Callum has a small chance of being able to walk again but he is determined to prove them wrong – an inspirational young man.
The recipient of the Award this year is Laurence Patterson.
At this very moving and prestigious occasion, a wonderful piano performance was provided by Year 10 student Elliott Mulligan.
Callum goes back to St Mary's Menston to present award [WHARFEDALE OBSERVER]
Callum goes back to St. Mary's Menston to present award [ILKLEY GAZETTE]