Awards for inspirational youngsters

Chelsea Pettitt of Leyland
Chelsea Pettitt of Leyland
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Three children from Leyland have been named winners of the Cerebra Child of Achievement Awards 2014.

Chelsea Pettitt, 13, and five- year-old twins Freddie and Noah Hart will travel to the House of Lords on Thursday for the event, hosted by television presenter Andrew Castle.

A total of nine children from across the country who suffer from brain conditions have been recognised by the charity Cerebra for their achievements in the face of adversity.

Chelsea has cerebral palsy and dystonia which means that she is quadriplegic, a full time wheelchair user and suffers on-going pain.

In the past year she has had to deal with the unexpected deaths of one of her carers and two of her friends. She has faced her troubles head on and organised and performed in a ‘Concert Extravaganza’ to raise money for the centre where she and her friends met.

Mum Alison said: “She also very loving and supportive with her brother Timmy, who is also severely disabled. She won’t have anything bad said against him. Hope springs eternal with her.”

Twins Freddie and Noah suffer from a rare brain disease, lung disease and pseudo obstruction of the bowel. Noah is particularly badly affected and often hospitalised with bouts of pneumonia.

Mum Gemma said: “We are extremely proud of the boys for being so courageous and brave in all that is thrown at them in life. Life can be very cruel and hard at times, but both boys regularly surprise us at how spirited and strong they are.

“ Receiving these awards acknowledges to them what they have to go through and how incredible they both are”.