'We were told she didn't have long to live': Cumbrian girl wins national award

Nellie Mai Evans (centre) with Sarah, Jeff and Eloise. Credit: ITV Border

A Cumbrian girl who has battled a string of life threatening illnesses has won a national award for her bravery.

Nellie Mai Evans, 9, from Warcop, wasn't expected to live beyond her first birthday.

Her sister nominated her for the Well Child award because of the strength she's shown having undergone heart surgery, battled cancer, survived a stroke and having the daily threat of epileptic seizures.

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Eloise and Nellie. Credit: ITV Border

Jeff and Sarah Evans took on the role of foster carers when Nellie Mae was 6 months old, seriously ill in hospital and not expected to survive more than a few weeks.

Nellie Mai heads to London for the star studded award ceremony on October 5, where she'll meet a host of celebrities including royal patron, Prince Harry.