A youngster from Arnold who was born with a form of dwarfism has been handed the top gong at a youth awards night after raising thousands of pounds for charities supporting those with the condition.
11-year-old Jasmine Chapman was named as the county-wide winner of this year’s 4Uth awards, which took place on Friday (November 22) at County Hall. The Nottinghamshire Outstanding Achievement 4Uth Award is an annual initiative that celebrates the achievements of young people across the county.
Jasmine, who attends the Richard Bonnington School in the town, was nominated for the award by her pastoral teaching assistant, Grace Collins, after raising nearly three thousand pounds for good causes, including Little People, a charity established by Star Wars star Warwick Davies to help those with the condition.
The youngster, who has achondroplasia, reached out to the star for support and he paid a visit to the school and gave a talk at their assembly about dwarfism. He also recorded a video message praising her work, which was played at the awards night.
In total, Jasmine has raised £1,500 for Little People UK and a further £1,400 for the Dwarf Sports Association UK (DSA UK) by organising a fundraising day called ‘Sport for all’. She again called on celebrity support, this time from Paralympian swimmer Ellie Simmonds, who sent a personalised video, and later met Jasmine.
Sports-mad Jasmine enjoys playing football, swimming and boccia, a sport similar to bowls. This year she joined DSA UK and competed in the National Games in Birmingham, winning several medals.
The Arnold youngster was also praised for her positive attitude in the nomination for the 4Uth award.
Last year she underwent major surgery to help straighten her spine, due to scoliosis. She made a quick recovery, impressing staff at the hospital with her positive outlook, and was soon back doing what she loves best – playing sports.
Councillor Kay Cutts MBE, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Jasmine is an extremely worthy winner, and a wonderful young lady. Her positive attitude is infectious, and she should be very proud of her achievements.
“That she has achieved so much at such a young age, is a credit to her. I am sure others will find her example as inspiring as I do, and I am sure she has a bright future ahead of her.”
“It was a privilege to meet her and present the award. She is so cheerful and confident, letting nothing stand in her way.
“I was very pleased that she and the other young people could join us for the awards evening, so that we could commend them for their accomplishments.”
Councillor Tracey Taylor, Vice-Chairman of the Children and Young People’s Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “What stood out about Jasmine is her determination. Despite her young age, she has bounced back from any challenge with a smile, resolving to get the most out of life that she possibly can.
“I find it admirable that she overcomes these challenges, taking them in her stride, while also doing so much for other people.
“She is positive, friendly, and always tries her best at whatever she does.”