Balsall Common Well Child Awards winner calls on fellow Sihillians to nominate heroes - The Solihull Observer

Balsall Common Well Child Awards winner calls on fellow Sihillians to nominate heroes

Solihull Editorial 24th Jan, 2023   0

A BALSALL Common teenager is calling for fellow Silhillians to nominate those who have made a difference to children and young people’s lives.

Isabelle Delaney was crowned winner of the Inspirational Young Person aged 12 to 14 award at last year’s WellChild Awards at a prestigious ceremony in London.

Now she and her mum Heather is calling for residents to put their heroes forward.

Heather said: “Isabelle had such a fantastic day at the WellChild Awards in London.

“It was such a great experience for us all to be involved in and something we will never forget.

“It would be terrific for another child or professional from our region to be a winner.”

Isabelle has a range of serious health conditions including autism, ADHD, hypermobility and Irlens Syndrome she has difficulties with her knees partially dislocating has a trauma response to adults and significant anxiety as well as selective mutism and sleep disorder.

She also suffers with frequent migraines. Isabelle is in pain on a daily basis with her joints. Her hypermobility and joint issues mean that she is in constant pain, her joints are very hyper mobile and unstable.

The 13-year-old was bullied in school which had an impact on her mental health and led to her self-harming.

During the pandemic and the lockdowns Isabelle was not able to go to school or access any online learning.

When schools reopened in September 2020 Isabelle returned to school however again suffered from significant bullying.

Isabelle has a trauma response to adults and so attending school or health appointments is extremely difficult for her.

WellChild chief executive, Matt James, said: “There are more children and young people than ever before in the UK living with long-term, serious health needs.

“The pandemic placed these children and families under more pressure than many of us can comprehend.

“The WellChild Awards 2023 will be a unique opportunity to recognise and highlight the immense challenges they continue to face and celebrate the remarkable positivity, resilience and spirit they have demonstrated.

“It will also help us to shine a light on the dedication of those around them, from siblings and professionals who have gone above and beyond to help them through such challenging times.”

Nominations close on March 20.

For more or to complete and application form click here.


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