A YOUNG man who teachers describe as a "shining example to adults and children alike" has received a special award.
Seven-year-old Joe Gallagher was recognised by the Mayor of Kirklees Clr Mary Harkin for his determination and courage.
Joe was born with several severe medical conditions and has been in Leeds General Infirmary for the last nine months.
He returned to his school, Shelley First School, only last month.
He was unable to attend the third Children of Courage awards ceremony hosted by the mayor in September, so Clr Harkin decided to pay Joe a personal visit - now he has returned to school - to present him with his award.
At the ceremony, which was held in Huddersfield Town Hall, Clr Harkin said: "Those nominated have not always had the opportunities of other children for various reasons, but have shown great courage in accepting this fact and facing life with a smile and bravery that equally deserves some recognition."
Joe's class teacher Mrs Linda Green said: "Joe is a lovely boy. He's a shining example to adults and children alike.
"He was nominated for the award for the determination, courage and effort which he has to overcome his medical conditions and get on with his life in the school environment."