Child of Courage Award, spon­sored by Peter­bor­ough Gar­den Park Over­all Achiever Award, spon­sored by Costa

WIN­NER: Lily Wood­cock

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - UK & World Update -

Ten-year-old Lily Wood­cock was nom­i­nated by par­ents Amanda and Richard.

The Deep­ing St James young­ster was born with Gold­en­har Syn­drome and has had more than 40 op­er­a­tions up to now.

She has vi­sion in only one eye but at­tends a main­stream school. She was also born with­out ears and is now wait­ing for pros­thetic ears, and sev­eral of her ribs were re­moved to cre­ate her jaw­bone.

But through it all she has re­mained brave, help­ing other chil­dren when she can and tack­ling life head-on.

And as her fa­ther ex­plained she is con­tin­u­ing to progress through her ed­u­ca­tion.

Mr Wood­cock said: “In Septem­ber she is start­ing sec­ondary school and we are both very proud of her. She never com­plains about life and just gets on with it all.

“I am sure my wife will be buy­ing her a present or two later on!”

As well as our Child of Courage Award she also re­ceived the over­all award, cho­sen from the 10 cat­e­gory win­ners, pre­sented by Costa re­gional De­vel­op­ment man­ager An­drew Swift. Run­ners-up

Jas­mine Knight has been bravely bat­tling leukaemia and last year pressed the but­ton to start the Race for Life in the city. Jas­mine’s mum Sue said the fam­ily was given good news in Septem­ber by doc­tors who said that Jas­mine had ‘turned a corner’ in her re­cov­ery.

Oliver King was nom­i­nated by mum Michelle for show­ing brav­ery de­spite hav­ing a list of prob­lems “over an A4 sheet of pa­per long”. The Yax­ley five year old has spent thou­sands of hours in hospi­tal ap­point­ments, for var­i­ous prob­lems in­clud­ing a heart de­fect, oxy­gen de­pen­dency, strokes, and Down’s Syn­drome.

CHIL­DREN OF COURAGE: Lily Wood­cock, So­phie Knight, and Oliver King with Antony and Peter­bor­ough Gar­den Park’s Gor­don Ed­ing­ton.

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