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Royal encounter for Cumbrian WellChild award winner

Nellie-Mai won the award for the most inspirational young person Credit: PA

The award ceremony celebrates the courage of children coping with serious illnesses or complex conditions and honour the dedication of professionals who go the extra mile to help sick children and their families.

Nine year old Nellie-Mai from Warcop near Appleby, was awarded the most inspirational young person in the 7-10 age category after being born with a heart condition that meant she needed a heart transplant at just 11 months old.

Since then Nellie-Mai has battled cancer, suffered several strokes and has ongoing epilepsy.

She continues to amaze doctors, family and friends by beating all the odds against her.

Sarah Lofthouse is a Teaching Assistant at Warcop C of E Primary School.

Nellie-Mai has defied the odds time and again and fought every step of the way.

She is such a loving, caring child who is determined to live life to the full in spite of the difficulties she continues to face.

Nellie-Mai is truly special and makes a deep impression on everyone who meets her.”

– Sarah Lofthouse, Warcop C of E Primary School

Nellie-Mai was seriously ill in hospital and not expected to survive when foster carers Jeff and Sarah Evans agreed to care for her during her final weeks.

Nellie-Mai quickly responded to the family’s love and attention and her condition began to improve.

She has won a special place in the heart of everyone in her new family and all those she meets through her cheeky sense of humour, caring attitude and incredible lust for life.

Along with all the night's award winners, Nellie-Mai met HRH Prince Harry who is Patron of the WellChild charity.

He spoke to Nellie-Mai and her adoptive father Jeff before playing balloon tennis with the award winner.

HRH Prince Harry plays balloon tennis with Nellie-Mai Credit: PA

Speaking at last year's event, Prince Harry said:

All of us together can make a real, real difference for children and young people just like those we have seen on the stage this evening.

It is such a privilege to be Patron of this charity, a charity that has achieved so much and yet is working harder than ever to make life better for more and more young people.”

– HRH Prince Harry


Strike held against proposed military redundancies

Some civilian staff are holding a one-day strike at the Warcop army training base, near Appleby.

The action is part of a national campaign against proposed redundancies at military ranges across the UK. The staff work for Landmarc Support Services - the Unite union says changes have been pushed through prematurely.

The company says it's disappointed Unite members have voted to strike. It says its first concern is the safety of staff and the public at Warcop and it'll continue to work with the unions to reach an agreement.

Strike at military training base

Civilian rangers at the base believe redundancies could cause safety issues. Credit: ITV Border

Civilian staff at Warcop military training base, in Cumbria, are striking over proposed redundancies.

Unite members working for Landmarc Support Services are holding a picket outside the base.

They're warning staff redundancies at military bases could pose a risk to public safety.


Soldier injured on Cumbrian army range

A soldier was injured when a gun exploded at the Warcop training range near Appleby.

The man, in his 20s, suffered superficial chest and hand injuries. He was treated by paramedics before being flown by air ambulance to hospital in Carlisle. His injuries aren't life threatening.

Soldiers training on the Warcop range near Appleby Credit: ITV News Border
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