This blanket coverage is truly warming and so humbling
MOST of us only keep our newspapers for a few days before consigning them to the recycle bin.
Forgive the impertinence but might we suggest you make an exception for this edition of the Derby Telegraph – if, that is, you have a family member, friend or neighbour who regularly rants on with blanket criticism of "the youth of today"?
Then, the next time he or she does so, you can brandish this copy under their noses and invite them to take however long they need to read and digest at least the first 10 pages.
If, having done so, they still maintain the view that all youngsters are a selfish, thoughtless lot showing no consideration for others, then you will just have to accept that nothing will bring them to shed their blinkers.
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It is an unusual Derby Telegraph today, though we make no apology for dedicating the front 10 pages to acclaiming and relating some of the stories of the Derbyshire Young Achievers Award winners.
"Dedicating" is indeed the most appropriate word – for the dedication which most of these children have shown is astonishing.
Many of them have done so in the face of considerable adversity, be it brought about by personal illness or injury or that of a close family member.
These are some of the most uplifting, if sad, human stories which you will read all year.
To package them all together as we have done might seem like an exercise in wallowing in emotion. That is not the intention.
We endeavoured to achieve something similar with our Race For Life coverage.
They are the inspirational accounts of how youngsters are capable of adjusting and coping with the challenges which life throws at them, however unjust or inexplicable those circumstances might seem.
This is human life. There is no getting away from it. It isn't always fair. It very rarely is.
But anybody reading these stories who may be facing similar traumas in their lives can surely only draw strength from the manner in which these children have coped.
These kids give us a sense of perspective through which we can get our own problems in proper proportion.
Their innocence, realism and courage is humbling – and engender a genuine reason for optimism that, with this generation coming through, a better tomorrow should not be beyond us.