Last October, when Sebastian was 6 years old he was diagnosed with a brain tumour and had to undergo a 10 hour operation to have it removed. Since then, various difficulties have meant he now has to take a number of different medications every single day and have a closely monitored diet. We were told by family friend Sally who nominated him ‘Seb has recovered well, with dignity and bravery. We are all very proud of Seb and what he has achieved. His bravery is very admirable and we love him dearly. We all take life for granted - but this experience has taught us to cherish every moment with those we love. Sebastian continues to strive, and with his friends and family's love and support, has not let this terrible thing beat him’
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BEST SISTER: Poppy Perkins
Brave little Poppy is 6 and has been the Best Sister to Maisy since the very beginning. Literally! Poppy helped deliver Maisy when their mum went into labour quickly and unexpectedly at home. When Maisy was born at home less than half an hour later Poppy burst into tears with pride and said this is my beautiful sister. Since that day she has continued to be the most loving and supporting sister.
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ACHIEVER AWARD: Holly Grocott
13 year old Holly, who has learning difficulties, was nominated by her auntie who told us ‘At one stage the family were unsure if she would ever walk or talk, but Holly is a determined young girl who has amazed us all over the years. Holly has always gone to a main stream school and worked extremely hard and is now in her second year of secondary school. Holly doesn't have many friends and often misses out on party invites, but this doesn't stop her always trying her best at school and wanting to see the very best in everyone’
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BEST BROTHER: Cody Jones
Nominated by his mum we were told how Cody has had to grow up quickly over the last 7 years since his younger brother was born with disabilities. We were told he works hard with his younger brothers, teaching them how to dress themselves, helping with bath time and reading to them. His step dad Neil told us ‘he’s a natural carer. You have to be a special boy if you have a disabled brother as at times someone with a disability will need more attention and time that everyone else. He’s a shining example of what a big brother should be’
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BEST FRIEND: Abi Smith
12 year old Abi is autistic and has other serious health problems. She was nominated by the mum of her best friend Joss. Joss is 11 and profoundly autistic. We were told ‘he’s never really had a friend and has even been bullied. Abi coaxed Joss out of his shell. Slowly, carefully, thoughtfully. She has defended him. She acted as translator for him. Nothing has ever made him so happy in his life’
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PERFORMER: Abigail Eames
At 13 Abigail already has an incredibly enviable CV. Since joining a local theatre school and getting a London based agent she soon secured her first professional acting role playing Suranne Jones daughter in a Sky drama. Since then she has starred in Casualty, Mr Selfridge and alongside Peter Capaldi in Dr Who. Abigail has just finished filming her first movie, and is currently promoting her film Shivaay in India, where it was shot. Remember this name, she’s destined for big things!
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CARER: Keaton Hyland-Irvin
Keaton is 13 years old and lives with his siblings, his mum and his grandmother, who is very poorly. She has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is insulin controlled diabetic and is wheelchair bound. Keaton does so much for her and is always there to offer support. He shops with her weekly, supports her into bed, puts her washing in the machine and generally cares for her. On top of this last year his mum suffered a cardiac arrest and he remained strong getting her back on the road to recovery. His passion for caring has lead to his decision to be a doctor when he’s older and already he’s sent himself on a St John’s first aid course.
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MAKE A DIFFERENCE: Keir Langmead
Keir is 14 and dyslexic. Academic life is difficult as is reading and writing. Together with his tutor he wrote a story book to help other children realise they are not alone and to educate teachers who have children in their class whom are dyslexic. They are visiting schools in the area to talk about this and to inspire other struggling youngsters that anything is possible.
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SPORTING STAR: Jack Woodford
15 year old Jack attends Oakmeeds Community College in Burgess Hill, and is the Sports Leader there. He plays rugby for Brighton RFC under-16s, and represents Sussex as part of the Harlequins Player Development Programme. Jack also competes in athletics for Crawley. He was voted Sports Personality of the Year at school, because of how much help and support he gives to the teachers and other children. Despite his many sporting commitments, he also volunteers at the local Banardos every week.
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COMMUNITY AWARD: Isabel Galvao-King
Isabel is a 11 year old who has just started at secondary school. She has a keen interest in helping other children that are going through difficult times be it at school or at home. She was an ambassador at school and a full time team member of Manor Field's Friendship Hut helping out teachers and other children. Isabel has taken other children with emotional difficulties under her wing and used her own experiences to help create positive relationships and mentor these other children.
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FUNDRAISER: Ellie Moran
Ellie is 8 years old and lives with her mum, dad and two older sisters. Ellie's granddad was recently diagnosed with cancer. She decided she wanted to do something to support her granddad and raise money for St Wilfred’s Hospice. So on her 8th birthday Ellie with a massive smile on her face had 14 inches of her hair cut off and raised £1200 for the hospice.
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THE GOLD AWARD: Sebastian Stevens
2 year old Sebastian has been fighting cancer since October 2015 he has gone through a horrendous treatment plan including chemo, brachytherapy, surgery and 100s of tests and scans. He has missed out on things typical children his age would be doing as he could not be around others due to infection risk, but despite this is a bright, happy and adventurous boy. He has campaigned for blood donors and was even the face of their national campaign