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Triumph Over Adversity

Triumph Over Adversity

Lauren's life has changed dramatically over the last few years.

She suffered a horrendous hip injury when her growth plate - which protects the hip - slipped while she was out playing. This resulted in several major surgeries and Lauren was left in a wheelchair for eight months.

Just as she was getting back on track, Lauren was bitten by an insect and contracted Lyme Disease. As a result, she was fitted with a pacemaker in October 2013.

After being announced the winner, Lauren, now 14, said: “I've changed a lot since then, I feel I've got more confidence. It upsets me to think back to that time and I know I've still got a long way to go.”

Lauren has just found out she will need more surgery on her hips next year, but on a more positive note has been given the all clear to be able to fly.

She and her family have celebrated by booking a trip to Disneyland in Florida.

This is always a popular category and proves just how many people in Barnsley have shown outstanding bravery in the face of illness, disability, adversity or have rebuilt their lives after a serious injury.

Our winner may have committed a single heroic act, battled against adverse circumstances or made a remarkable come back from a life changing event.

The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help you with your nomination.

  • What has your nominee done to overcome a personal difficulty?
  • Have they made a stand to improve their life or the lives of others?
  • Have they shown courage in overcoming a traumatic experience?

Whatever the knock, this category recognises those people who have picked themselves back up and got on with things. If you know someone who fits the bill, nominate them for this award.