Teenager Neave picks up Global Freight-sponsored award

Attending the annual national Dyslexia Awards is always a highlight for the Global Freight team and 2023 was no exception.

We were honoured to once again be sponsors of the Community Shining Star Teenager (13-19) award, which recognises the talents and achievements of young dyslexic people, and we were beyond proud to meet winner 16-year-old Neave Chatting-Tonks from Guernsey.

Neave, who was diagnosed dyslexic at age seven, is just about to start her first job working in the customer services department at Aurigny – the island’s main provider of airline services.

She is also chair of the Guernsey Youth Forum and has been nominated to be this year’s Lt-Governor’s Cadet – a prestigious role assisting the King’s representative in his formal duties.

Anton Gunter, managing director for Global Freight Services, said: “It was an absolute pleasure to spend the evening of the awards in the company of Neave.

“She is a remarkable young lady who is clearly very driven to succeed. She continually goes above and beyond to represent her community and it was a real privilege to be able to present her with this very special award.

“We wish her all the very best for the start of her career and we have no doubt she will fly high.”

The judges of the awards praised Neave’s resilience and said: “We have chosen Neave to win this award as she has been going above and beyond to achieve in enrichment activities, such as the Duke of Edinburgh awards and other community roles.

“She always has a positive attitude and is a positive ambassador to others. Although she has struggled academically, she still proves to be resilient and have the strength of character to succeed.”

The Dyslexia Awards founder Elizabeth Wilkinson MBE added: “Neave is a shining example of outstanding talent. She has shown determination and true grit when it comes to being dyslexic.

“Resilience and hard work go a long way and Neave has already shown she has what it takes for a successful future. She is an impressive young lady, and it was a real honour to meet her.”

The 2023 Dyslexia Awards and celebration evening was held at the Mercure Telford Central hotel in Shropshire on September 23 to showcase the achievements and talents of dyslexics nationwide.

The event was attended by about 112 finalists and guests, who heard many inspiring stories about the achievements of dyslexics.

Other awards presented on the night included supportive employer, young and adult entrepreneur awards, adult and teenage community shining stars, innovation, excellent educator and learning support.