A ROYSTON school boy has been commended for his fundraising efforts for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Oliver Hawden, who attends Royston St John the Baptist CE Primary School, was nominated for the Royston Alliance Award which champions youngsters who help improve the community.

He was presented with the award by Coun Caroline Makinson last month for his work in helping raise funds and awareness for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Oliver’s grandad is Stephen Croft who suffered a cardiac arrest in 2018 at Oakwell in front of 11,000 people, before being airlifted to Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital.

As well as his grandad, his mum Nichola Hawden has also become a registered volunteer for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

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Rachel Steele, deputy head at Oliver’s school, said: “We always celebrate our pupils’ achievements in and out of school and Oliver’s charity work for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance is an achievement to be proud of.

“Oliver and his family have helped to raise the profile of the organisation within the school through fundraising opportunities and by promoting the work of the air ambulance with information sessions for pupils.

“Oliver is proud of his links and speaks about his involvement with teachers and his fellow peers.

“Oliver’s Achievement Award is a way to celebrate his dedication and passion of such a worthy cause.”