Prince Harry salutes courage of tumour teen

INSPIRATION -- Prince Harry chats with Hucknall's Abbie Sims and her mum, Mandy (right), at the prestigious WellChild awards in London
INSPIRATION -- Prince Harry chats with Hucknall's Abbie Sims and her mum, Mandy (right), at the prestigious WellChild awards in London

A COURAGEOUS Hucknall teenager, who is well-known for her fight against a deadly brain tumour, was honoured by Prince Harry when she picked up a bravery award in London.

Abbie Sims (16), of Penhale Drive, has been an inspiration from the moment she was diagnosed with her life-threatening illness at the age of seven.

Since then she has beaten the odds, coped with blood tranfusions and surgery, and even gone on to complete an excellent set of GCSE results, which were revealed in last week’s Dispatch.

In honour of her amazing battle, the teenager was chosen as the winner of the Bravest Young Person category at the WellChild Awards. Prince Harry is the charity’s patron.

Abbie, accompanied by her mum, Mandy, visited the capital to pick up the accolade at a glitzy ceremony and got the chance to chat with the prince .

Abbie said it was an “honour” to meet the popular Royal.

She and the prince also joked about GCSE achievements and Abbie revealed that he congratulated her because she had done better than him in her exams.

“It was a wonderful occasion and it made me feel really special,” said the 16-year-old, who recently raised more than £3,000 for the charity When You Wish Upon A Star as the figurehead of a climb up Mount Snowdon in Wales.

Abbie and her family have embarked on several fundraising initiatives for the organisation, which helps make the dreams of seriously-ill children come true and took Abbie to see Santa in Lapland when she was younger.

As well as Prince Harry, Abbie also got to meet several stars at the WellChild ceremony at the InterContinental Hotel on Park Lane, including singer Pixie Lott.

Mandy, who nominated her daughter, beamed with pride and explained that her daughter “never complains” about her medical problems.

At the ceremony, the prince said Abbie and her fellow award winners are “an inspiration” and he felt “in awe of individuals with such determination, resolve and strength to take on the challenges they face”.

He went on to pay tribute to their “extraordinary spirit”.