Disability can't stop inspiring fundraiser
EIGHT-YEAR-OLD Poppy Garton, of Wells, has picked up an award from national children's charity Cerebra after refusing to let her disability hold her back.
Poppy suffered a stroke at the age of two which left her with dystonic hemiplegia and she also developed epilepsy earlier this year.
Since then Poppy has to wear multiple splints and only has limited function in her left hand, she also requires the additional mobility support of a wheelchair, making everyday tasks challenging.
She was one of eight children awarded a trophy and an Apple iPad at the ceremony held at the Old Manor hotel in Keynsham, Bristol, sponsored by Foot Anstey, TomCat, Morgan and Morgan, Blakemore and Claims.co.uk.
Each year the Cerebra holds an awards scheme to recognise the amazing achievements of some of the children it helps.
Poppy, who goes to Horrington Primary School, was pleased with her award and said: "I was so excited. I've kept the award a surprise from my friends at school and I can't wait to show them what I've won."
The charity aims to improve the lives of children and young people with neurological conditions and brain injury through research and direct, ongoing support.
Elaine Collins, PR manager for Cerebra, said: "This year we received a record number of nominations and selecting the winners was a very difficult task. The awards are a chance for us to recognise these inspirational young people and help to celebrate their achievements".
Her mother Lisa Reakes entered her in the competition back in June.
Last year Poppy swam 20 lengths at Wells Leisure Centre in aid of HemiHelp, the charity that supports children with hemiplegia like herself. And the year before she participated in the junior race of the Wells Fun Run.
In total she has raised more than £1,600 to support two children's charities that have supported her in the past.
The award also recognised Poppy's academic efforts at school, since recently becoming statemented and receiving better support at school, she has advanced her reading and spelling age to a year ahead of her age.
Ms Reakes said: "I am fabulously proud that Poppy has received this award. It recognises all the hard work she puts in every day to her physiotherapy, occupational therapy, school work, clubs and friendships.
"She is a superstar and I am confident that this award will encourage her to continue putting in that little bit extra."