Awards for the Linkage team

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A lecturer whose skills inspired students to build an award-winning motorbike has himself been recognised for his achievement.

Karl Crawford was presented with the chairman’s award at the sixth annual Bateman Awards held by learning 
disability charity, Linkage Community Trust.

At Linkage’s Toynton All Saints campus, Karl encouraged students to build motorbikes, using maths, English and IT skills. Last month, he entered the final product in the National Youthbike Competition, held near Lincoln, where it scooped seven awards. In 2014 it won five trophies - bringing the total to 12.

This year, the project involved students in both Linkage campuses at Toynton and Grimsby.

Linkage’s payroll manager Jane Hinson was given the chief executive’s staff award by Ges Roulstone for maintaining a vital service for around 700 staff.

Ges also named Michael Hallam of Skegness as his client/student of the year. Michael was praised for his involvement in many activities such as Linkage Voices choir, the football team, running a leisure programme in Skegness, and coping with an hour-long journey to his job.

The staff award went to personal tutor Johnny Draper, based at the Toynton All Saints campus, for his encouragement of students.

Anthony Spittle took the Overall Achievement honour for overcoming mental health issues and regaining much of his former independence. The Employer of the Year was Pipe Tool Specialists of Lincoln, which has adopted Linkage as its charity. McDonalds at Skegness was named a runner-up.

Linkage chairman Michael Oliver said: “It’s been a fantastic evening of so much achievement across the charity.”

Since May this year, Batemans pubs across the East Midlands region have raised £10,698 for the charity.