Jenny's Royal Visit Char­ity hero meets PrinceWil­liam and Kate

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - An­drea Lam­brou

East Kil­bride’s fundrais­ing su­per­star Jenny Cook met the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge after be­ing named run­nerup in the Ra­dio 1 Teen Hero Awards.

The 15-year-old from Ste­wart­field was in­vited on a tour of the fa­mous Ra­dio 1 stu­dios be­fore be­ing whisked to Kens­ing­ton Palace for her royal ap­point­ment.

How­ever, it was one kind ges­ture and a truly touch­ing trib­ute from a Lon­don cab­bie that made Jenny’s day ex­tra spe­cial.

An In­flam­ma­tory Bowel Disease (IBD) fighter, the re­mark­able teen told the News Prince Wil­liam and Kate Mid­dle­ton were amazed when she told them she had raised an in­cred­i­ble £342,000 in her role as a young am­bas­sador for the Glas­gow Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Char­ity and the Catherine McEwan Foun­da­tion since be­ing di­ag­nosed with ul­cer­a­tive col­i­tis at just four years old.

Kate said: “My good­ness me you’ve been se­ri­ously busy,” while Prince Wil­liam quipped: “Wow, we need you as our fundrais­ing man­ager for our foun­da­tion.”

And while on a taxi jour­ney from her ho­tel to Lon­don’s Eus­ton train sta­tion, cab­bie Paul Renn was so hum­bled by Jenny’s in­spi­ra­tional story he re­fused to let her mum Kirsteen pay the fare.

Paul’s kind act went vi­ral over the week­end as Jenny used the power of so­cial me­dia to track down her gen­er­ous driver – who re­sponded with a stir­ring mes­sage from the heart de­scrib­ing in­spi­ra­tional Jenny as a real-life su­per­hero.

Jenny told the News: “My mum and I got a taxi from our ho­tel to the train sta­tion to go home and the driver was ask­ing if we had been on hol­i­day in Lon­don.

“When I told him why I was in Lon­don he couldn’t be­lieve it and wouldn’t let my mum pay the £25 fare. He said he was go­ing to tell all his cus­tomers about me from now on.

“He found my Face­book page Tea Jenny and sent me a lovely mes­sage. I have had such an amaz­ing re­sponse from Paul be­ing so kind and he is com­ing to our next big fundrais­ing event in March – The RedHot Ball.”

Jenny started fundrais­ing for the two char­i­ties after she was di­ag­nosed with IBD and un­der­went three ma­jor op­er­a­tions.

Her an­nual ladies’ lunch ‘Tea Jenny’ gen­er­ated a whop­ping £21,000 this year.

She was one of eight fi­nal­ists to be recog­nised for their ser­vice to oth­ers in this year’s Teen Hero Awards, adding to her im­pres­sive list of pres­ti­gious ac­co­lades which in­clude the Bri­tish Ci­ti­zen Youth Award 2017, Young Scot of the Year 2016 and Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional Young Ci­ti­zen 2017.

A beam­ing Jenny said she spoke to Wil­liam and Kate for five min­utes about her in­cred­i­ble jour­ney so far.

“I was quite ner­vous wait­ing for them to come into the room but they were so lovely and re­ally in­ter­ested in hear­ing my story,” she said.

“I told them I was very proud to be a young am­bas­sador for Glas­gow Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Char­ity and the Catherine McEwan Foun­da­tion.

“They were very im­pressed with how much money I have raised so far.

“Prince Wil­liam asked if hav­ing In­flam­ma­tory Bowel Disease was quite un­com­mon and I said it can be known as quite an in­vis­i­ble ill­ness and that’s why I am pas­sion­ate about rais­ing aware­ness for it. He said I was very brave and it was fan­tas­tic that I was brave enough to share my story and help other chil­dren.”

They were so lovely and re­ally in­ter­ested in hear­ing my story... Jenny Cook

Kind cab­bie Lon­doner Paul Renn was hum­bled by su­per­hero Jenny. Main pic cour­tesy of Sarah Jeynes/BBC

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