Alex Wells Award

On completion of each 10 week program there is a presentation ceremony where all the participants of each cohort are presented with a certificate and there will be a number of awards to recognise their individual efforts across the program. The main award is the Alex Wells award, this is in memory of Alex Wells who was the childhood friend of both Rick and Nick who founded BOXWISE

Alex Wells was born and raised in South West London, growing up in Fulham where he met first met Nick and Rick, before moving to Putney in his teenage years. Both Nick and Rick maintained a long lasting close friendship and bond with Alex which continued for the next 20 years right up until his passing

Alex was a talented lyrical artist who was very active across the garage music scene in the early 2000’s, MC’ing with some of the biggest names across the industry under the stage name of Sneaky D. His talents were not just in Mc’ing but also in writing music and lyrics for a number of successful artists during that time

In his early twenties he set about pursuing his true passion which was working with and developing young people, Alex worked tirelessly for the next ten years working as both a youth worker and teaching assistant with young people who had a number of specialist needs, his particular specialism was working with young people who had behavioural needs.

His ability to interact and engage with everyone regardless of background or age shone through and made him a true ambassador for championing the needs of others. He was universally loved and respected in equal measure by all those he came into contact with and had hundreds of letters and cards from students telling him the impact his teaching and care had made on them and their ability to succeed and be happy.

Tragically Alex passed away in 2018 and this award is in his memory to ensure that his legacy lives on through celebrating and championing the success of others through youth engagement for which he was the original pioneer.

Nate Gidman Award

This award is in memory of Nate Gidman who passed away in February 2022, this award is presented at each of our Under 18’s graduations

Nate was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma when he was three years old. Never a shrinking violet and everybody’s friend, the news was unbelievable.

He was an incredibly active boy, he loved going out on his bike. He had life saving surgery to remove the tumour exactly a week before his fourth birthday. It would be the first of many brain surgeries.

It was be the first of many medical procedures that would dominate his short life.

And yet, he still chose to live with love and happiness. Smiles dominated the wards, with each downturn, a smile wouldn’t be too far behind.
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