Teen’s Rotary award

Theodor Sergiou was nominated by Enfield Chase Rotary Club
Theodor Sergiou was nominated by Enfield Chase Rotary Club

Theo wins national recognition for various voluntary roles

A cancer survivor has won the Rotary Young Citizen Award after being nominated by Enfield Chase Rotary Club.

Theo Sergiou, 19, was diagnosed with eye cancer aged two and, aged four, was told it was terminal. But the tumours stopped growing and although he remains partially sighted, Theo survived.

A UK Youth Parliament representative, the Enfield teenager is committed to community work such as tackling knife crime. During the pandemic, Theo has written to the prime minister about the lack of provision for children with special educational needs, who he says are suffering mental health problems and not getting an education.

Theo said: “Even though I encounter daily barriers being visually impaired, I am adamant not to let this affect my everyday life and will go over and beyond to achieve any aspiration I set for myself and inspire others.

“I don’t need a reason to do things, I need a reason not to. I hope this award inspires other people to try the same outlook.”

Theo will receive a trophy, certificate and £300 to go towards his chosen project or charity. Enfield Chase Rotary also awarded him £200 to help with his future studies.

Donna Wallbank, president of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, said: “Theodor Sergiou is an exemplary example of positivity, throughout his personal struggles, he has looked ahead and shown grit and determination.”