Dyslexic Leeds schoolgirl is a star at the children’s awards

Sophie Paylor with Alesha Dixon.
Sophie Paylor with Alesha Dixon.
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Schoolgirl Sophie Paylor has been rubbing shoulders with the stars at the Children’s BAFTAs.

The 10-year-old from Cookridge was invited to the celebrity-filled ceremony in London for her role in a documentary about her dyslexia.

The programme, called ‘Same But Different’, followed her life at school and was broadcast on BBC2 this year.

Sophie, a Holy Trinity Primary School pupil, said: “It is important for people to learn about dyslexia because some people might worry that they can’t learn or spell correctly and not understand why.

“It’s also important for other people to be understanding of that.

“Going to the BAFTAs was really fun.

“I enjoyed meeting Alesha Dixon and she said my dress was nice.”

Sophie also met X Factor stars Jedward, Blue Peter presenters Barney Harwood and Helen Skelton as well as David Jason and Eddie Izzard.

Despite losing out on the award, Sophie hopes to continue to inform other young people about the condition.

Mum Christine said: “We were so lucky to be invited to the event.

“It was a fabulous night but we got quite tired as we danced the night away with the celebs until the early hours.

“It was an amazing experience and we met lots of celebs and although we didn’t win, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

“Sophie seems to have got so much more confident since the BAFTAs.

“She was going up to people and asking for photographs and has joined a cross country club with her school now.

“She would never have done that before because she used to let her dyslexia hold her back.

“Sophie hopes that a lot more people will watch the documentary and learn about dyslexia so they can understand it better.”

The documentary featured children with a range of disabilities and is now used in school assemblies and PSHE lessons to encourage understanding.

The programme, made by Libra Television, lost out to ‘Seeking Refuge’ in the primary school learning category.

The children’s BAFTAs were held at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane, London, on November 25.


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