Brain tumour teen wins bravery honour

COURAGEOUS -- 16-year-old Abbie Sims, who has won the Bravest Young Person in the WellChild Awards -- DISPIC NHUD11-0567-2
COURAGEOUS -- 16-year-old Abbie Sims, who has won the Bravest Young Person in the WellChild Awards -- DISPIC NHUD11-0567-2

AN INSPIRATIONAL teenager from Hucknall has been honoured in the prestigious national WellChild Awards awards for her courageous fight against a life-threatening brain-tumour.

Abbie Sims (16), of Penhale Drive, will collect her honour at a glitzy ceremony in London later this month after being nominated by her mum, Mandy.

Abbie, who has just completed her GCSEs at Holgate Comprehensive School in Hucknall, was diagnosed with the tumour at the age of seven and was given a slim chance of survival.

But after chemotherapy, blood transfusions and countless other operations and stints of hospital treatment, she is beating the odds. This is despite damage to her memory, brain and eyesight.

Only last month, she completed a climb up Mount Snowdon in Wales with friends and family to raise more then £3,000 in aid of the charity, When You Wish Upon A star.

The Nottingham-based organisation, which specialises in making the dreams of seriously-ill children come true, took Abbie to see Santa Claus in Lapland when she was younger.

Abbie has been chosen ahead of hundreds of other nominations to win the Bravest Young Person category in the WellChild Awards — an initiative that boasts Prince Harry as its patron.

The honour marks another milestone for Abbie after a setback in 2009 when a routine scan showed her tumour had grown and spread. It meant she had to undergo major brain-surgery.

But despite this, she was determined to return to school and even sat some of her GCSE exams early.

Mum Mandy said: “Abbie is a wonderful, loving girl who never complains and works so hard to try to compensate for the medical problems she has. We are incredibly proud of her and honoured she is our daughter.”

Abbie was chosen to receive the award by a panel of judges made up of health professionals and parents.

WellChild’s director of programmes, Linda Partridge, is also a member of that panel.

She said: “Abbie truly deserves to be the winner of this award.”

WellChild is an organisation committed to helping sick children across the UK to manage serious illness and complex health conditions through a programme of care, support and research.

Abbie will pick up her award at the seventh annual ceremony at the InterContinental Hotel in London’s Park Lane on Wednesday August 31 at a star-studded ceremony.