The Nottingham rewards inspirational Elias

Amazing role model Elias Haydock is all smiles after being named a Nottingham Building Society ‘Inspirational Young Person of 2015’.

The fantastic four-year-old from Worksop landed himself a thoroughly deserved £100 prize and one of the society’s sought after Robin Hood moneyboxes after being chosen following a nomination by his aunty, Tracey Guest.

The aim of the competition was to find a youngster (aged under 18) who has shown incredible strength and determination in overcoming difficult challenges in each of the seven counties in which The Nottingham has building society branches.

Elias was chosen in Nottinghamshire for the amazing fight he has shown so far in his life after being born two months early and with cerebral palsy.

He was unable to walk until undergoing a pioneering operation in November 2014 – something he was able to have thanks to the generosity of the Worksop public, who raised £20,000 to pay for the procedure and who are still taking part in charity events to gather funds for vital aftercare, including essential physiotherapy.

Elias’ mum Charlotte Haydock said: “Like many children who are born with illnesses, Elias has had to contend with so much more trauma and anguish than anyone of his age should have had to go through.

“But he has faced it all with such positivity the majority of the time and can often be seen with a beaming grin on his face. He is an amazing child and seeing him walk unaided for the first time last year after the op made us all smile and cry in equal measures. 

“I know I’m biased but he is a really deserving winner of this award and as a family we can’t thank The Nottingham enough for choosing him.”

Elias himself added: “I am so happy to win this prize – I especially love the Robin Hood money box. Thank you so much.”

In her nomination Tracey, who found out about the competition from friend Jessica Winfield who works at our Dinnington branch, wrote: “Elias has overcome many milestones for a small boy and deserves to win the inspirational youngster competition.”

The competition was part of an ongoing campaign to promote our Robin Hood Young Saver Account, which is a great way to get children into the savings habit early.

The account can be opened with as little as £1, at which stage the young person receives a bag of goodies and a Robin Hood moneybox. They can deposit up to £100 every calendar month and will benefit from an interest rate of 3.00% gross p.a/AER* fixed** until 31 July 2017 and as their savings grow so will their collection of moneyboxes.

*The Nottingham will pay interest with tax taken off at the lower rate of 20% (net interest). If a customer does not pay tax and has filled in an HM Revenue & Customs R85 form, they will not take tax off interest (gross interest). Tax treatment will depend on individual circumstances and may be subject to change in the future. AER stands for Annual Equivalent Rate. It shows what the interest rate would be if the interest was re-invested in the account each year.

**There’s no guarantee that the current difference between The Nottingham’s fixed rates and general rates will continue. General interest rates may fall below or rise above the fixed rate.

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