'Shining examples' honoured

AN eight-year-old leukaemia sufferer who has set up her own charity website, a young cerebral palsy sufferer who has championed her dog at Crufts and a nine-year-old who cares for her disabled mum have been recognised as some of the most inspirational chi

AN eight-year-old leukaemia sufferer who has set up her own charity website, a young cerebral palsy sufferer who has championed her dog at Crufts and a nine-year-old who cares for her disabled mum have been recognised as some of the most inspirational children in Somerset.Katrina Doyle, a pupil at Berrow Primary School, was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2005 and lost all her hair. When it started to grow back she dyed it pink and raised over £2,600 for Clic Sargent. With the help of her dad, Tim, aged 43, and two sisters Jessica, aged 15 and 11-year-old Gemma, Katrina set up her own website to raise sponsorship for the cancer charity.The youngster, of Barton Road, Berrow, was one of three children to receive a youth courage award from the Rotary Club of Burnham after being nominated by her headteacher, Peter Yardley.Her mum, Mandy, aged 40, said: "Katrina has been through a lot for an eight-year-old, but she deals with it, whatever comes along."Leanne Pengelly, aged nine, a pupil at St John's Junior School in Highbridge, also received one of the awards for caring for her mother. Her mum, Sandra, suffers from a degenerative disability and is in a wheelchair. Leanne manages to look after her mum and do her schoolwork. She was nominated by her headteacher, David Penney. Sandra, aged 42, said: "I'm so proud of her for being nominated for the award. When I collapsed in January she was brilliant. She didn't panic and just put a blanket over me and went to get help. Leanne helps with hoovering and washing and odd jobs round the house." Leanne lives with her mum Sandra in Ladd Close, Highbridge.The final winner was Stephanie Jeffries, aged 10, of Adam Street, Burnham, who suffers from cerebral palsy. Stephanie was recently featured in the Weston & Somerset Mercury when she entered her labrador, Kimmy, at Crufts. Kimmy was at the awards ceremony to help Stephanie collect her prize. Stephanie was nominated by Burnham photographer Mike Lang.A civic plaque was presented to each of the youngsters by the Rotary club at The Battleborough Grange Hotel in Bristol Road. They were presented by the mayor of Burnham and Highbridge, Councillor Eric Gill. A certificate was also presented by Rotary president Mike Young. Rotary member and organiser of the event, Jenny Taylor, said: "In an age when so much bad news about young people is reported, it was a pleasure to be able to give credit to those who set such shining examples.


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