The Nottingham rewards inspirational Riley
Terrific two-year-old Riley Donald received a well-deserved treat after being named a Nottingham Building Society ‘Inspirational Young Person of 2015’.
The courageous youngster from North Hykeham, Lincoln, landed himself a £100 prize and one of the society’s sought after Robin Hood moneyboxes after being chosen following a nomination by his nana, Charmaine Donald.
The aim of the competition was to find children (aged under 18) who have shown incredible strength and determination in overcoming difficult challenges in the seven counties in which The Nottingham has building society branches.
Riley was chosen in Lincolnshire for the bravery and fighting spirit he has shown after sustaining life-changing brain damage when injured in the sole care of his mother at just four months old.
The incident left Riley unable see, walk or talk and with severe epilepsy. He is cared for 24/7 by his dad Byron, Charmaine and his aunty Hayley.
He is regularly seen by a team including a physio, occupational therapist and sensory, speech and language experts and recently began to try to crawl – a significant and heart-warming moment in his development.
Byron said: “This is amazing – we can’t thank The Nottingham enough for recognising what Riley has encountered and the challenges he continues to face and battle through. He truly is an inspiration to all of the family and everyone else who knows him, each and every day.
“He really loves musical toys, teddies or story books as he can learn and develop due to the sound and vibration, and the touch and feel, so we’ll invest in some of those for him using the prize money.”
In her nomination Charmaine wrote: “Riley has battled through so much, he has had to deal with challenges no-one should have to face. He is such a little character and melts everyone’s heart.
“He has shown that whatever hurdle is put in his way he will take his time and find a way to achieve his goal – nothing is impossible we don’t know what’s around the corner for Riley but we take every day as it comes. Onwards and upwards.”
Hayley added: “As a family we see Riley grow stronger every day. Seeing him doing the things that doctors said he would never be able to do is a miracle. This is down to all the help and support we are given and we can't thank everyone enough.
“Riley makes us so proud and he is loved by everyone. He reminds us to stay strong as a family and to keep moving forward no matter what. We want to give him the best life possible, with all the support he needs.
The competition was part of an ongoing campaign to promote The Nottingham’s 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.