Bethany Pritchard Awards

Dearne Valley College Student Presented with Prestigious Award at London Event

8 July 2016

A student from Dearne Valley College has been selected from thousands of nominations to win a prestigious award at the National BTEC Awards in London.

Bethany Pritchard, who is currently on a Level 3 Health & Social Care course, attended a reception at the House of Commons along with her College Tutor and other guests, before being presented with her award at a glitzy, Hollywood-themed ceremony hosted by Radio 1 Presenter Gemma Cairney at the Royal Horticultural Halls.

The awards event which is hosted annually by Pearson, the awarding body who owns BTEC qualifications, recognised student success from each sector and featured a video message from Dragon’s Den favourite, Peter Jones, performances from fellow BTEC students and inspirational speeches from award-winning entrepreneur, Zoe Jackson MBE and British Adventurer, Ash Dykes.

Bethany was nominated after overcoming a number of barriers in her personal life and displayed determination to succeed, leading to fantastic results and securing herself a coveted place on the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust Cadetship programme.

Alongside her studies, she has also dedicated much of her time since the age of 14 to volunteering for a local Dementia charity, and plans to pursue her ambitions of studying Mental Health Nursing at University whilst also establishing an independent charity with her father to facilitate social events for patients with Dementia and their Carers.

She said of her award: “My journey on the BTEC course to date has given me a fantastic insight into my future career as a Mental Health Professional. I’m a firm believer in hard work and striving to achieve to the best of my ability, and to be recognised for this on a national level is a huge honour for me; I will treasure it!”

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