Bravery in face of adversity celebrated at 2016 Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards

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INSPIRATIONAL STORIES of bravery in the face of adversity were celebrated at the Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards.

BBC journalist Steph McGovern presented prizes at the ceremony at New Dock Hall in Leeds.

Steph McGovern with Young Fundraiser Award (0-12yrs)  winner Amber Buckle. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Steph McGovern with Young Fundraiser Award (0-12yrs) winner Amber Buckle. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

All of the winners had incredible stories to tell.

Freddie McDonald, from Ossett, Wakefield, who was awarded the 0-12 outstanding bravery accolade was praised for his courage for inspiring people to raise £65,000 after being diagnosed with Alagille Syndrome – a rare and life-threatening liver disease.

Fundraising award-winner Ella Marsden, 14, also from Ossett, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be here. It’s an amazing ceremony. I’m so happy and a bit nervous.”

She has carried out a 10 kilometre run event every year since being old enough.

The youngster, who has type one diabetes, has campaigned to break down stigma and raise awareness about the condition.

St James’s Place Foundation has raised and distributed more than £46m to good causes since starting the event in 2011.

The evening was full of inspirational stories.

Others included eight-year-old Amber Buckle, who has been going the extra mile since she could walk.

Aged just five-years-old, the inspirational youngster, from Wortley, walked the Yorkshire Three Peaks and raised money for Heart Research UK.

She has since run a number of 5 kilometre races and taken part in a string of five-mile walks.

Praise was also heaped onto Rosey Naylor, from Ilkley, won the Young Carer award.

The big-hearted 13-year-old has cared for her mother ever since she suffered brain damage after falling on black ice.

And there was praise for James Goldberg, from Wike, Leeds, who has helped raise more than £24,000 for Cancer Research UK by taking part in gruelling cycle rides with school friends.

For the Sporting Achievement award, 16-year-old Ellie Sutcliffe, from Methley, flew the flag for Leeds.

The young rugby star plays for Castleford Rugby Union and Oulton Raiders League, at open age and has recently been selected to train with the England Ladies’ rugby league team.

When she was just six-years-old, Ellie’s mum Jo had an operation which left her with pancreatitis, anaphylaxis and severe diabetes.

But the brave youngster stepped up as her mum’s carer and deals with regular anaphylactic shocks, and trips to hospital. Even more remarkable, the sporting star had an accident aged eight, and broke her leg and foot so badly that had to miss school for a year.

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