We reward inspirational Larna
Christmas came early for remarkable role model Larna Cowham after she was named one of our Inspirational Young People of 2016.
The fantastic 14-year-old from Grimsby landed herself a thoroughly deserved £100 prize and one of our sought-after Robin Hood money boxes after being chosen following a nomination by one of her teachers.
The aim of the competition was to find youngsters (aged under 18) who have shown incredible strength and determination in overcoming difficult challenges across the ten counties in which we trade.
Larna was chosen for the amazing courage and strength of character she has shown despite battling Brittle Asthma and recently being diagnosed with Hemiplegic Migraine - which simulates a stroke and at times renders her left side so weak she has to use a wheelchair.
Havelock Academy teacher Robyn Laurie, who made the nomination, said: “Larna works so hard despite everything she has to cope with - she comes to school for full days and does everything she should do.
“She is fantastic and it’s brilliant that The Nottingham have recognised that fact by naming her as one of their Inspirational Young People of 2016.”
Cleethorpes branch building society manager Sam Fleming said: “Inspirational Larna is a thoroughly deserving winner and I was honoured to go along to Havelock Academy to present the prize.
“Larna is a wonderful example of someone who overcomes extreme adversity on a daily basis and keeps a positive focus. She is a fabulous example to us all.”
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 money box. They can deposit up to £100 every calendar month and will benefit from an interest rate of 2.75% gross p.a/AER* fixed** until 31 May 2018 and as their savings grow so will their collection of money boxes.
Sam added: “It’s great to be able to combine the message that it’s really important to save for the future from a young age with a competition that has rewarded an extremely deserving and inspirational local youngster.”
*The Nottingham will pay your interest without tax taken off. It is your responsibility to declare any interest you earn over your personal savings allowance directly to HMRC. Your tax treatment will depend on your individual circumstances and may be subject to change in the future, for further information please contact HMRC. 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. Interest rates are variable unless otherwise stated.
**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.