A teenager has been awarded for his fortitude and his commitment to a charity after a shocking freak accident.
Dale Milne, of St Peter’s Court, Whitby, won the Personal Challenge Award at this year’s Borough’s Big Thank You Awards.
The 19-year-old suffered a broken neck in a freak swimming accident in Whitby when he was 15. After months of treatment, he was released from hospital suffering from a serious spinal cord injury.
Dale had to adapt and stay positive, painstakingly re-establishing his entire future.
He said: “On that day, I had just gone down to the sea. I just ran in from the beach, just an innocent act like all kids do. Then a big wave came and hit me.”
The former Whitby Community College student is currently on work experience at the Whitby office of the Disability Action Group, based in Flowergate.
He said: “I was very surprised to be given the award. I am happy to receive it and will carry on in the way that I have. It’s a nice trophy.”
The community awards, sponsored by McCain, allow residents to say thank you to friends, family members and colleagues who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
The award was sponsored by McClarron Insurance.
His nomination for the award read ‘Dale wanted to give something back to the Community for the help, support and encouragement given to him and his family through darkest times. Dale’s personal challenge is to help the Disabled Action Group to revise and update a guide and handbook for disabled and carers.’
Emily Andrews, marketing executive, said: “McClarrons are proud to support local community events as we have a main focus on community efforts, and we are glad to recognise Dale’s fortitude after such an awful accident.”