Triumph Over Adversity
Kevin Hattersley beat four bouts of cancer to return to his duties as a postman - a job he has loved for 24 years.
Whilst fighting the disease, he took minimal sick days, returning to work after his third set of treatment and opting for his full round instead of duties in the sorting office.
Kevin, 48, was nominated by a nurse at his local GP who described him as a ‘quiet, unassuming typical Yorkshireman’ who was uncomplaining in times of great adversity.
He said winning the award for Triumph Over Adversity ‘lifted him’, though he was caught by surprise when he was announced as winner.
He said: “I was really surprised and shocked. I didn’t think I would win because I always think there is someone who is worse off than me, even when I was going through treatment. My family and I really enjoyed the awards night. I think it’s a good thing to nominate people, it gives you a lift.”
He said people seemed to recognise him when he’s out doing his rounds, adding: “I love just meeting people and providing a service. People’s heads have definitely been turning since I won.”
Kevin is now in remission and has check-ups every six months. Kevin is one of many people who have overcome obstacles put in their way.
Don’t forget to nominate someone who you think deserves to be recognised.
This is always a popular category and proves just how many people in Barnsley have shown outstanding bravery in the face of illness, disability, adversity or have rebuilt their lives after a serious injury.
Our winner may have committed a single heroic act, battled against adverse circumstances or made a remarkable come back from a life changing event.
The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help you with your nomination.
- What has your nominee done to overcome a personal difficulty?
- Have they made a stand to improve their life or the lives of others?
- Have they shown courage in overcoming a traumatic experience?
Whatever the knock, this category recognises those people who have picked themselves back up and got on with things. If you know someone who fits the bill, nominate them for this award.
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Northern College is one of just four adult residential colleges in England and we draw students from all over the country to come to study in Barnsley.
They are often amazed at the beauty of the college and the surrounding countryside as well as by the friendliness of local people - something else Barnsley can be proud of.
Northern College is keen to support the Proud of Barnsley Awards to help put both the town and the college on the map. The college feels it is an important part of this vibrant town and makes sure it does its bit to get Barnsley more recognition.
People come to the college from many different backgrounds. Men and women of all ages, from 19 to over 70, often with families and dependants, some single parents accompanied by young or school-age children, many familiar with unemployment or part-time, low paid jobs. But what they nearly all have in common is their determination to secure education, qualifications and opportunities they have been previously denied. Some come to the college for short three day courses, some live at the college for nine months.
Principal, Jill Westerman CBE, said: “We are proud of where we are and what we do and this helps us to provide a supportive environment for our students.
“We chose the Triumph Over Adversity award as for many of our students it epitomises their learning journey.
“Every day at the Northern College I see the persistence of Barnsley people who are succeeding against the odds and last year I had the privilege of meeting the finalists for the Triumph Over Adversity award and hearing their stories.
“I was very proud that the Northern College was able to sponsor this award for the second year.”
Jill Westerman CBE