High flyer Chris wins top award 

Eighteen year old Chris Trott has just been voted Malden Manor’s very own “good Samaritan” – winning a prestigious community cup for his outstanding commitment to helping improve the lives of others around him.

He was voted top community-minded student at the 930-pupil Richard Challoner School and an “all-round good egg” by Head Teacher Tom Cahill, after playing a leading role in the school’s charity fund raising programme, mentoring other students and always being the first volunteer to help at many after-school events.

 MALDEN’S GOOD SAMARITAN:  Eighteen year old Chris Trott receives the Malden Manor Community Cup after being named the most community-minded student and an “all round good egg” at the Richard Challoner School.  Pictured with him are Kerry Williams, Chair of the Malden Manor Residents Association, which donated the trophy to the school to be competed for each year, and the school’s Head Teacher Tom Cahill.

MALDEN’S GOOD SAMARITAN: Eighteen year old Chris Trott receives the Malden Manor Community Cup. Pictured with him are Kerry Williams, Chair of the Malden Manor Residents Association and the school’s Head Teacher Tom Cahill.

But then, Chris is a natural high flyer for whom the sky is literally the limit. After recently completing his studies at Richard Challoner School – where he was a long-term member of its Air Cadets group – he has just started a rigorous training course near Southampton to become a fully-qualified commercial airline pilot. Later this year he will spend several months in New Zealand to complete his in-flight training on Airbus and Boeing aircraft.

And, in the nature of his new fast-paced life, after a full day’s training, Chris had to dash back from the South Coast last night (Wednesday 11th February) to receive his engraved trophy in the familiar surroundings of his old school’s lecture theatre, before heading straight back to Southampton in readiness for more early-morning instruction.

He was presented with the community cup by Kerry Williams, Chair of the Malden Manor Residents’ Association before the start of its AGM, watched by his former head teacher, family and friends.  The trophy was given to the school by the residents’ association in recognition of the major role it plays in local community life – not least in hosting the association’s meetings – and it is competed for annually by pupils.

Mr Cahill said: “In each of the three years we have presented this award, there has been one outstanding candidate, but Chris has now set the bar even higher through his remarkable achievements over several years on behalf of both local charities and the community. I don’t use the words lightly, but he was a model student in every way, and always willing to go that extra mile to help others. I’m sure he will go far in his chosen career as a commercial airline pilot.”

For further information, please contact Tom Cahill at Richard Challoner School on 020 8330 5947, or Richard Grosvenor at the Kingston Federation of Residents on 020 8974 5806.