FOUR brave and caring youngsters were rewarded for their efforts when they received Brian Smith Achievement Awards at Seaford’s Cradle Hill School on Monday (July 16).
At the Lexden Road school, president of Newhaven, Peacehaven and Seaford Lions Club Gloria Lazarus presented an engraved silver cup to Freddie and George Ruckes-Harris, Joshua Bulman and Cleah Evans.
Each also received a cheque for £100 from the club’s first vice president, Paul Burchett.
Freddie, six, and George Ruckes-Harris, eight, both have Marfan’s Syndrome, which affects the body’s connective tissues, a kind of ‘glue’ that helps to support all the organs, blood vessels, bones, joints and muscles.
The syndrome makes this tissue weaker than normal, which causes changes in parts of the body, especially the heart, eyes,spine and teeth.
Both boys have to see special doctors for their teeth, eyes, bones and growth.
Joshua’s mother has diabetes and also suffers from Autonomic Neuropathy which affects her nervous system.
This means that she has great difficulty in moving and lifting things because of the pain in her spine.
Joshua, ten, who lives on his own with his mum is a wonderful support to her always looking out for her and helps around the house.
Cleah, seven, has a condition on one side of her face called haemangioma which means the blood vessels in her cheek multiply very quickly and have formed a very large lump.
Last year she started going up to Great Ormond Street Hospital for treatment for her cheek, which involves injections to make the lump shrink and make it less painful.
Despite this, Cleah has been immensely brave and has remained cheerful and worked hard and has never complained even when people ask her questions about it or make comments.
Brian Smith Achievement Awards go to children who triumph in the face of adversity, for example by overcoming a serious illness, being exceptionally brave in spite of a disability or caring for a sick or disabled person.