LOCAL HERO AWARDS: Harnham girl named as Child of Achievement

LOCAL HERO AWARDS: Harnham girl named as Child of Achievement

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 8:17am 20th January 2019. (Updated at 5:10pm 21st January 2019)

Ella Taylor has been recognised for her positive attitude to her Type 1 diabetes.

10 year old Ella was diagnosed with the condition in December 2016, and unusually doesn't show any symptoms when her blood sugars are low.

The Harnham Infant pupil has to inject herself daily to manage her illness.

But she doesn't let it stop her either, still keeping herself very active.

Ella Taylor and Hope Hypo Hound
Ella Taylor has a 'Hypo Hound' to help detect the symptoms of her condition

Ella's joined a girls football team and has also been learning circus skills.

She's taken it upon herself to raise money for charity too - she did a fun run for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and the Race for Men for the Stars Appeal's Prostate Cancer Fund.

All of that has led to Ella being named the Child of Achievement at this year's Local Hero Awards, nominated by her mum Jenna.

Another nomination for Ella came in from family friend Donna Cowie - she said:

"Ella is an inspiration to us all and is proof that being diagnosed with a life threatening illness does not have to change your life, you can still achieve your dreams."

Ella Taylor Child of Achievement LHA 2019
Ella with mum Jenna and sponsor Sophie McConnell

LISTEN:

Ella spoke to Spire FM about winning the award:

12 awards have been handed to people from across South Wiltshire for their remarkable efforts.

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