Incredible girl from Cobham wins inspiration award

Brave: Cissy raised funds for girls in need

Brave: Cissy raised funds for girls in need

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Plucked from hundreds of nominations, a 15-year-old girl has been named inspirational young person of the year in the 2014 WellChild Awards.

Nominated by her nurse and a family friend, Cecilia Adamou, known as Cissy, from Cobham, had a complex congenital heart condition and is receiving treatment for rare brain and spinal tumours.

The inspirational young person category celebrates the courage of children coping with serious illnesses of complex conditions.

Kidney transplant clinical nurse specialist Grainne Walsh said: "Cissy is simply an incredible young lady, who I feel honoured to know.

"After 20 years as a children's nurse, there is little which now surprises me but Cissy's unbelievable strength of character, caring attitude and amazing spirit makes her one of the most inspirational young people I have ever cared for."

Cissy has organised fundraising events and, with her friends, shaved off her hair for use in wigs for children undergoing cancer treatment, and to raise funds for the two hospitals where she has been treated.

The awards are run by WellChild, the national charity for seriously ill children, for whom Prince Harry is royal patron.

The panel of judges consists of leading health professionals and others with an interest in children's health and includes children and young people who face serious illness themselves.

Cissy will receive her award at the 10th annual WellChild awards on Monday, September 22.

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