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Winners 2015

Winners 0 - 12 years


Joint Outstanding Bravery Award

Ivy Mitchell

Ivy was born August 2012, with DeGeorge syndrome and is at the severe end of the spectrum. This affects her with a rare and complex heart condition which requires open heart surgery. Despite her challenging health and countless hospital stays, not a day goes by when she does not cease to amaze! She is now walking, running, starting to sign and hopefully going to start nursery. Ivy, of Sleaford in Lincolnshire, has a long way to go, the future remains unknown and more heart surgery is expected this year. We can only pray she continues to amaze those doctors with her grit and determination to survive.

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Joint Outstanding Bravery Award

Matilda Booth

Four year old Matilda, from Sowerby Bridge, is a funny and bright little girl who has proved time and time again that she is a fighter. Along with her twin, Layla, she was born six weeks early and at 12 hours old and weighing just four pounds, underwent her first major surgery. Matilda, who has spina bifida, is paralysed from the chest down and relies on a power chair to get around. She has a rare stomach condition and cannot eat or drink, but the tenacious little girl ‘never stops smiling’ and uses the abilities she does have to her advantage.

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Fundraiser Award

Nicola Sartin

Nicola, of Hull, has Cone rod dystrophy and she is going blind. She is sometimes very frightened and upset but instead of letting this take over her life, she has written a book about her life and eye condition to help others, she has set up a support page to bring other visually impaired and blind children together. She struggles on a daily basis but still encourage other children to do their best she is always willing to help others. As well as writing, she’s also taken part in a bike ride to raise money for Guide Dogs – despite some people saying she couldn’t owing to her sight!

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Special Recognition

Toby Lancaster

Toby, eight, from Wakefield, has Down’s Syndrome and has undergone three major heart surgeries and a raft of other procedures which have seen him spend long periods in hospital. According to his mother Joanne, he has been through more in under nine years than most do in a lifetime. But ‘Toby Trouble’ as he’s known as at home, is a whirlwind of fun who loves nothing more than playing with his older brother. Toby and his family were involved in the campaign to save the Children’s Heart Unit at the LGI and the family have raised thousands of pounds for charity.

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Young Carer Of The Year Award

Lewis Buntain

Nothing is too much for eight year old Lewis when it comes to his Aunt. Lizzy Georgeson. The youngster, from Roundhay in Leeds, is a tower of strength to Lizzy, who is a double amputee. Lewis’s uncle is in the Army and often deployed away and the schoolboy thinks nothing of stepping up and helping out with housework and helping to look after his aunt. The pair have a special bond and Lewis is incredibly protective of his aunt and is never fazed when explaining to his friends about her ‘robot legs’.

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Sporting Achievement Award

Junior Frood

Junior is an 11 year old street dancer from Meanwood in Leeds. He is the UK Freestyle Champion and ranked 3rd in the World, having started dancing at the age of 2. He has suffered years of bullying for being a dancer and his self esteem and confidence were affected badly. Through his dancing Junior has been able to overcome many obstacles in his life as it is a way of him expressing his feelings. He regularly performs for celebrity festivals for CBeebies and CBBC. He was asked by Leeds City Council in November 2014 to perform at the Leeds Christmas lights switch on where he met Sam Bailey off X Factor and supported her on her UK tour.

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Winners 13 - 18 years


Outstanding Bravery

Bethanie Price

Bethanie, 17, of Mirfield, is a typical teenager in many ways, studying hard at sixth form and loves getting her nails done and watching trashy television. But she faces extraordinary challenges and a rare health condition, which in recent years has taken away her ability to walk and speak like she did before. Bethanie had a normal childhood until the age of seven when she began to develop a tremor in her arm. After exhaustive tests, she was eventually diagnosed with leukodystrophy, a degenerative, life-shortening condition that affects the central nervous system. Doctors still do not know exactly what form of the condition she has, but she is defying the odds every day.

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Fundraiser Award

Megan Hardy

Megan’s father was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2011 and is undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Along with her sister Maddison, Megan, of Bradford, has been helping their mother to fundraise for Cancer Research UK by making teddies and bracelets to sell. Megan’s mother Cheryl said: ‘It’s been a long three years but our family will not let cancer beat us.’


Special Recognition

Lawrence Nicholas

Lawrence has cerebral palsy and diabetes – and a great love of sport, particularly cricket, golf, football and swimming. In 2012 he had four procedures including an operation to lengthen his tendons and had his right leg broken and then rotated. Two weeks after the operations Lawrence was diagnosed with a stretched sciatic nerve which caused extreme pain and he was unable to sleep. It also resulted in extreme hypersensitivity in his toes which meant he was unable to wear a shoe on his right foot. Due to his love of sport he was determined to attend the 2012 London Olympics, managing to see the swimming heats despite the on-going intense pain he was suffering. In late 2013 he began working with a personal trainer and has progressed to walking with crutches and is now climbing stairs. He can now stand unsupported for several minutes and has begun swinging golf clubs and is able to ride his tricycle. He wishes to help others and as such writes a blog Mission Impossible: Living with chronic pain.

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Young Carer Of The Year Award

Heather Shore

Heather suffers from depression and has battled mental illness for many years. She cares for her mother who suffers from ill health and also cares for her brother who has autism. Heather, aged 17, financially supports her family.

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Sporting Achievement Award

Lewis Eccles

Lewis, from Mexborough, has a range of conditions including autism, ADHD and dyspraxia – but excels at golf. Over the last 3 years he has developed so much that he now encourages other disabled youngsters to get into the sport.

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Group Award Winners


Young Hero Award

Kadell Anderson Brown

Four year old Kadell saved his mother Mawena’s life when she had a suspected heart attack at home. Kadell, of Kirkstall in Leeds, managed to give his full address and phone number to the 999 call handler when his mother collapsed. The incident caused damage to her heart but medics admit that were it not for her son’s amazing actions she may not have made it.


Group Award

The Donkey Sanctuary, Leeds

The Donkey Sanctuary in North Leeds provides riding therapy to children with additional needs and disabilities and helps transform lives. Their unique riding therapy helps improve confidence, self-esteem, major and minor motor skills, core balance of children and gives them a real sense of achievement. At the same time they have a lot of fun.