A young boy from Leeds who has shown incredible bravery in battling cancer is among the first to vote in The Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards.
Nine-year-old Owen Pattison and his mum Michelle, from Yeadon, were at the battle bus in Leeds yesterday to give their thanks to charity Candlelighters.
“Candlelighters have done everything,” said Mrs Pattison, a mum to six boys aged five to 16. “From the moment of diagnosis, until now, Candlelighters have helped us with everything.”
The youngster is now in ‘maintenance’, meaning he still gets chemotherapy at home every day, but he is doing incredibly well.
And his family’s wellbeing, they say, is in part down to the constant support of Candlelighters.
“They’ve have given us a bit of normality,” said Mrs Pattison. “They really do help.”
The Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards, in partnership with TSB, celebrate the achievements of truly remarkable people.
The award’s tour bus arrived in Leeds yesterday, inviting members of the public to make their own nominations.
Nathan Atkinson, headteacher at Richmond Hill Primary School in the city, is up for the TSB Community Award for his work in feeding hungry hundreds of pupils in his community, setting up a cafe in school so children can have breakfast.
“This is like a virtual pat on the back,” he said. “It helps me look back at yesterday and try and be better for tomorrow.
“When people talk about poverty, they think of Africa. But it’s right here on our doorstep. Hunger is rife.”
Celebrity host Amanda Byram said: “These are real awards for real people, who are incredibly brave.
“It’s about shining the light on these incredible people.”