Sasha joins the call for 2018 WellChild Awards nominations

Last year’s WellChild Award winner, Year 9 student Sasha Burrell from Chorleywood, has joined national children’s charity, WellChild, in the call for nominations for the 2018 WellChild Awards, in association with GSK. This prestigious annual event celebrates the inspirational qualities of the UK’s seriously ill children and young people and the dedication of those who go that extra mile to make a real difference to their lives.

Sasha, who had both legs amputated below the knee following a life-threatening infection, attended the star-studded Awards ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London where she had the chance to chat with many of the celebrity guests and WellChild supporters including Royal Patron, Prince Harry.

Sasha was picked from 100s of nominations from across the UK to win the Inspirational Young Person Awards category. Having been previously healthy, in 2016 Sasha developed overwhelming sepsis which led to a cardiac arrest and days fighting for her life. Despite intensive treatment, the blood supply to her feet was lost and doctors decided that the only option was to amputate both legs below the knee. Sasha faced this life-changing surgery and the subsequent months of rehabilitation with phenomenal resilience, positivity and courage. She worked hard to get back to walking and to school where she threw herself into activities, including PE, even taking up a new sport, trampolining, in which she soon excelled.  

WellChild is now calling on people in the region to put forward their nominations for the 2018 WellChild Awards. If you know someone who deserves special recognition then nominate them for a WellChild Award by visiting their website below or by contacting the charity on 01242 530007 to request a nomination form. The closing date for entries is Monday 9th April 2018.



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