Student gains award

Jordan 1 SUS-151223-104016001
Jordan 1 SUS-151223-104016001

Architecture student Jordan Whitewood-Neal has received a Service Recognition Award Certificate from Bexhill Rotary.

Jordan, 21, from Sidley, came up with the concept for the new Rotary Coin Collector which was unveiled in August this year and is sited in the rebuilt Marina Court Gardens.

Jordan who is 21 in January first grew interested in drawing and architecture when he was thirteen and it was two years later when Bexhill Rotary Club was introduced to him as he had at that time performed some course work in conjunction with a Rother District Council project.

Jordan has suffered with Proteus Syndrome since birth, this is a rare condition characterised by overgrowth of the bones, skin and other tissues. Organs and tissues affected by the disease grow out of proportion to the rest of the body.

Despite this, Jordan hasn’t let his disabilities hold him back as he is currently into his second year at the Canterbury School of Architecture at the University for the Creative Arts.

He is passionate about his university course and is looking to make a career in architecture, he is also very keen on urbanism and would one day like to be involved in regeneration projects in Hastings and Bexhill.

Bexhill Rotary President Raouf Oderuth, when presenting Jordan with his award, at his Sidley home, said how impressed and grateful everybody has been with his work on the Coin Collector and wished him well for a successful future.

“He said: “This award is certainly well deserved and any time Jordan wishes to come to one of our meetings, he will always be very welcome.”

He added: “I would also encourage anyone who visits the coin collector at Marina Court Garden to please donate generously; the proceeds will be shared between local, nominated charities.”

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