Schoolgirl from Topsham nominates dad for top community award

PUBLISHED: 12:30 28 November 2015

Father Nick Batchelor with his daughters Rosie (left) and Grace (right)

Father Nick Batchelor with his daughters Rosie (left) and Grace (right)

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A kind-hearted school pupil from Topsham has nominated her father for a community award.

Grace Batchelor, 10, of Exeter School, said her father, Nick, deserved a Halifax Giving Extra Award because of his hard work.

Nick, 42, has spent 18 months raising funds to rebuild the 1st Topsham Sea Scouts (TSS) hut.

The sea scout hut was damaged around two years ago when the Topsham Recreation Ground flooded.

Grace believes her dad deserves some recognition for his efforts.

The Topsham girl guide said: “I nominated my dad for the award because he has worked so hard for the town in trying to rebuild the 1st Topsham Sea Scouts hut.

“He has never complained and I would be delighted if he won the award. My father and I are really close.

“I heard about the awards when I was listening to radio and they were talking about the Halifax Giving Extra Awards. I immediately thought of my dad.”

Nick, a doctor at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, revealed how pleased he was to be nominated by his daughter.

He said: “I thought it was really sweet of Grace to nominate me for the award.

“I think she nominated me because Grace understands we have a really good project.

“Winning the award would be nice, but seeing the 1st Topsham Sea Scouts children open the hut would be a really emotional occasion for me.”

The Halifax Giving Extra Awards, now in its third year, recognises and rewards people for their community work.

Nominations for the Halifax Giving Extra Awards are now closed.

Local winners will be announced in February 2016. Regional winners will be announced in March next year.

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