A TEACHER who helps disabled young people to grow fruit and veg has won a top award.
Paul Askham received the Harry and Pauline Hall Memorial Trophy for overall achievement at a presentation night for staff from the Hollybank Centre at Mirfield.
The presentation was made by John Hall, chairman of Hollybank’s trustee directors, at the centre’s third annual staff awards night.
Mr Askham has worked in the horticulture therapy centre at Hollybank for the past 10 years.
A spokeswoman for Hollybank said: "When he first became involved in the project we had an empty plastic tunnel and a few seeds.
"Now we have our own pupils using the centre, as well as adults from our homes in the community and a number of students from Mirfield Free Grammar School.
"The young people, led by Paul, have grown all sorts of plants, fruit and veg. He has also grown herbs and veg that are used in the school kitchen.’’
Mr Hall presented 60 members of staff with certificates and gift vouchers for gaining National Vocational Qualifications in
health and social care, management and care of children and young people.
Hollybank provides education and care for children, young people and adults with profound physical disabilities and associated learning difficulties.