A TEENAGER has won an award for the courage he has shown in fighting – and beating – cancer.
Alan Bainbridge thought any hopes he had of working in the construction industry were lost three years ago after he was diagnosed with leukaemia.
However, the 17-year-old refused to give up, and his bravery and determination has now been recognised by the Chartered Institute of Building.
Alan, of Blyth, was left unable to attend school full time after being diagnosed with leukaemia, forcing him to sit his GCSEs a year later than his peers.
After years of intense chemotherapy, Alan was finally given the all-clear last August and signed up for an extended diploma in construction at Newcastle College a month later.
Alan’s hard work and determination led to his tutor, Gregg Wood, nominating him for the Chartered Institute of Building’s north east student of the year award, a title he went on to win.
Inspired by Alan’s passion to succeed, the institute also created a special award recognising his achievements and bravery against the odds.
Alan said: “The past few years have been tough, but getting the all-clear was a real second chance for me.
“I am now totally focused on completing my course and getting a place at university.
“I am really pleased to have my hard work and efforts recognised. It really does make it all seem worthwhile.”
Gregg said: “Alan is an inspiration to us all.
“A great deal of his teenage years has been spent in hospital and yet he never sees that as a barrier to achieving his goals.
“I am sure he will have a long and successful career ahead of him.”