Stanford’s Katie is the Pride of Essex

THE Pride of Essex Awards 2016 were held at the Anglia Ruskin University. Katie Yoxall-Davies from Stanford-Le-Hope won the Child of Courage Award (sponsored by The Cornell Centre)

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Katie is an inspirational young lady who, although unwell most days, still thinks of others first. Katie is thirteen and suffers from a complex heart condition. Her condition was first diagnosed when she was 7. Just two years later she decided she wanted to help others. Katie and her mum set up Katie’s Heart Appeal and have raised over £35,000. Katie herself took part in superhero runs, Santa Runs, 5ks, and has been the driving force behind all the other fundraising events. The money raised has funded 12 public access defibrillators placed in the community and schools in Essex. She has also supplied the Children’s Cardiac Unit at the Royal Brompton (Katie’s hospital) with vital life saving equipment, and continues to help spread awareness of life threatening heart conditions, and how important first aid and knowledge of CPR is. Katie has even taught her peers and teachers at school how to take their pulse and how to look out for signs of a problem. Katie has made a real difference to other peoples lives, children and adults, even though she is one of those people herself. She is a role model to her friends and her teachers. Although Katie needs quite lengthy periods of time off school, she still remains in top sets for her subjects. As one of her nominators put it;

“Katie does not let her heart condition affect her daily living nor her education. She is a truly courageous selfless person, and as an inspiration to all, she is very deserving of this award.”

Next years awards are going to take place on the 21st of November 2017, for more information including nomination forms and past event information visit our website www.prideofessexawards.org.uk

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