Every year we have the difficult task of choosing students to receive the Harry Travers Award. We look for students who stand out from others here at Study Parks owing to their extra effort and determination. This year the recipients of the very special Harry Travers Memorial Award are the junior reporters from Holme Valley Primary School who took part in the Supporter to Reporter initiative here at Glanford Park. Dave and Michelle Travers, Harry’s parents, presented the children with their well-deserved award in our Study Centre at Glanford Park on Thursday 19th April.
But, what of the name behind the award? Who was Harry Travers and why a memorial medal?
Harry Travers was an avid Scunthorpe United fan and a season ticket holder who would never miss a home game. He often went to away matches to support the Iron through both good and bad times. Harry cared for his football club with a passion. This caring nature also led him to a vocation in nursing. He was in his third year of training at Leeds Met University in December 2011 when, unfortunately, he had a fatal car accident on his way home for Christmas. He was just 21.
He attended St Bede’s School between 2002 and 2007 and was Head Boy. Harry knew the importance of education and of working hard and that is why this award celebrating achievement would be so important to him. The community of Ealand, where Harry lived with his family, came up with the wonderful idea of having an annual award in Harry’s memory. The award acknowledges determination to achieve goals and a positive work ethic. Linda O’Connor, representing the community of Ealand has once again kindly donated the award.