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Winners 2015

0-12

Harry and Liam

Courage Award

Harry & Liam Doyle

Liam was born four weeks premature and contracted pneumonia. He was taken home but at 7 weeks he was readmitted to hospital as his body was beginning to shut down. In the hours that followed, Liam lay lifeless while a lumber puncture was carried out and the doctor broke the devastating news that Liam had meningitis. Liam eventually was able to be discharged and the family thought life would return to normal. In reality life has been very different and at various times Liam has been diagnosed with epilepsy, viral meningitis, ataxia and pneumococcal septicaemia.

Liam has an amazing brother and sister. Ava who is 6 is one of Liam's closest allies and Harry aged 12, who is always wanting to raise awareness for his brother. He did a school project in his last year of junior school about his hero. While most children chose footballers and actors, Harry's was entitled ‘My brother my hero’.

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Abi Bennett

Fundraiser Award - Joint Winner

Abbi Bennett

Bubbly Abbi Bennett loves singing and playing with her three sisters just like any other seven-year-old. But the schoolgirl from Bournville is in fact a one-in-a-million child. She is so fragile that she could be blown over by just a gust of wind as she suffers from Ullrich Congenital Muscular Dystrophy – a rare muscle-wasting disease which means she can’t run or jump or climb the stairs, and must spend time in a wheelchair. The chatty schoolgirl, who loves joking with her sisters Ashleigh, 15, Amber, nine, and Ava, four, will become more dependent on her wheelchair as she gets older and the muscles in her lungs struggle to cope. Over the last 18 months the Bennetts, and three other families, have raised more than £147,000 through charity events for Muscular Dystrophy UK, which will fund research into treatments and a potential cure for the devastating disease.

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Fundraiser Award - Joint Winner

Fin Church

At the beginning of June last year, Finlay, who had just turned 10, started getting severe headaches and vomiting every morning. After two weeks of suspected viruses and antibiotics he was referred to hospital. On June 17th after a CT scan his family were told doctors had discovered a lesion on Fin’s brain and after an MRI scan he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Fin underwent major brain surgery at the end of June to remove the tumour and the histology diagnosed him with a malignant grade 4 Glioblastoma. This is a very aggressive type of tumour and the prognosis of 5 year survival is only 20%.

In April 2015 at a three monthly MRI scan medics found that his brain tumour had grown back in a different place and his family were told that there was now no longer any realistic chance of cure for Finlay’s type of brain cancer and the prognosis is terminal. Despite this horribly traumatic year, Fin, with lots of help from family and friends, local and national businesses, and some amazing celebrity support, has channelled his energy into raising almost £35,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Brain Tumour Research. The most recent fundraising event was Operation Teddy Bear, which just three days after brain surgery saw Finlay break a Guinness world record for the longest line of teddy bears – smashing the previous record of 4,041 with a whopping 15,534 bears!

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Austin Healey

Inspiration Award

Austin Healey

Austin, age 7, defines the meaning of courage - the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear - and does this on a daily basis. He was born prematurely at 33 weeks and has spastic diplegia cerebral palsy. Austin is unable to walk unaided and uses a variety of aids to assist him to get around. He has endured many procedures including Botox injections, tendon release and most recently a bilateral tibial rotation putting him in plaster on both legs for 8 weeks. Through all his daily struggles he remains consistently upbeat and positive, always has a beautiful smile on his face and is immensely caring towards others.

He has been horse riding with the local riding for the disabled group since he was two, attends a local martial arts club on a Saturday and also attends Stagecoach. The courage he shows has enabled him to take his very first unaided steps recently, something we were told by his doctors would never happen.

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Charlie Hollingworth

Achievement Award

Charlie Hollingworth

Three year old Charlie has a life-limiting mitochondrial disease and as a result he experiences sleep apnoea, which can stop him from breathing. His overall growth and strength development is also affected. His older brother Louis had the same condition and died aged one in 2009. Charlie received a walking frame just after Christmas 2014 and while it helps him to walk independently, he has only managed to walk short distances because it is so physically exhausting for him. In April, his family set themselves a challenge to help Charlie with his development and raise money for Acorns Children's Hospice, which has supported the family since Louis’s death. Charlie took on his own personal marathon in the shape of a 100 metre walk, using his new walking frame, at the Acorns Triple Run in Malvern on Sunday 21st June and he completed his walk. His original target for fundraising was £150 but he raised a whopping £2,167!

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13-18

Ashleigh Harris

Courage Award

Ashleigh Harris

Before her injury Ashleigh would spend hours of the day horse riding with her cousin. Horse riding was Ashleigh’s life but 3 years ago when Ashleigh was 14 the horse she was riding reared up and she fell. Ashleigh is now paralysed from the waist down. After her injury she went through depression. She self harmed and overdosed. When she came home from hospital it was hard because the house was not adapted. She slept in the dining room for 4 months. She met Back Up while at hospital and went on a summer activity course 2 months after her discharge. Lots of people were there who were injured longer than she had been; they had been in her position but now were a lot different. It gave her hope that everything would be OK. The course helped her face her fear and she got back on a horse. Ashleigh’s support for Back Up’s work is unparalleled. She has volunteered at our head office, which meant travelling from her home in the South West and managing commuting in London, which demonstrates her courage in being out of her comfort zone and taking on new challenges.

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Molly Evans

Fundraiser Award

Molly Evans

Molly was 15yrs old when she first went on a Climbing Out programme. She was in recovery after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. Molly couldn't have been more positive, cheerful and courageous, despite still facing the side effects of treatment. On returning home, she made a presentation to her school and successfully asked them to choose Climbing Out as their Charity of Choice for the year. Not long after this, Molly was diagnosed with a second brain tumour and had to go through aggressive surgery and treatment for a second time. Throughout all of this she has always kept a smile on her face and has never once complained. She went back on a second Climbing Out programme and was a complete inspiration to the other young people.

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Serina Samra

Inspiration Award

Serina Samra

Serina had an incredibly tough upbringing. Her father was murdered when she was 10 years old, and Serina's relationship with her mum was turbulent due to her mum's new relationship and addiction to drugs and alcohol. This, at times, left Serina homeless and staying with friends. Serina was placed in a number of foster placements and care homes. However, she ran away from care placements and even hitchhiked her way back to Derby from Nottingham in the early hours of the morning on one occasion to be with her mum and brother. Serina was also placed with other family members including grandparents and aunties however, they subsequently refused to house Serina due to her poor behaviour. Serina was excluded from two schools due of her poor behaviour and low attendance, which was mainly due to a lack of parental guidance. She then attended a Pupil Referral Unit on a part time basis. When she was 11 years old, Serina became involved with The Enthusiasm Trust. She was referred on to the mentoring scheme. She now regularly volunteers for Enthusiasm, supporting staff in activities that are provided for young people. It is obvious that other young people admire and respect Serina. She is now about to go into Year 11 at school and return to full time education.

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Charly Unczur

Achievement Award

Charly Unczur

Charly has had one of the toughest starts in life. She lost her baby brother at a young age, has had to move house 4 or 5 times and in the last few years has been separated from her younger 3 siblings through the care system. She has been in trouble at school and been kicked out due to her previous bad behaviour often caused by the stress of things she has been coping with in her personal life. However last summer, through her work with Enthusiasm Trust, she got involved in a skate program organised by Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean for local young people from St Anns in Nottingham. Despite many ups and downs whilst the program was taking place, she not only eventually committed to the training and helped organise a show but she also performed a dance routine duet on the ice with Christopher Dean in front of a live audience of 1000 local people in a purpose built temporary rink on the estate. The whole process was filmed and broadcast. She has since gone onto secure a plumbing apprenticeship and complete her qualifications in her final year of formal education.

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Brooke Evans

The Hero Award

Lewis Bynt

Lewis was 5 years old when his mother was seriously assaulted. His mother’s ex-boyfriend broke into their home in the middle of the night, when they were at their most vulnerable, and repeatedly stabbed her. Lewis was in bed next to her at the time. Lewis proceeded to call 999 and alert the police and ambulance service. He named his mother's attacker leading to his arrest within an hour of the attack. Without his quick thinking and courageous actions his mother would have certainly died.

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Chelsey Dixon

Stephen Sutton Award

Chelsey Dixon

Chelsey was diagnosed with cancer of the leg, brain and lungs when she was 15 years old. She faced surgery and intensive chemotherapy. Chelsey had to have 2/3rds of the muscle in her leg removed which left her with a permanent foot drop. Surgery has also left her with several parts of her body that no longer have any feeling, and she struggles with fatigue as a result of the chemo. Despite undergoing this intensive treatment, Chelsey at 18ys old has just completed her A levels. She is now planning to go to University to study Biomedical Science and to then go on to study medicine. This is a huge achievement for Chelsey despite all the challenges she has faced.

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