A brave teenager who has raised hundreds of pounds for Sheffield’s Children’s Hospital Charity has been given a first class experience on the railways to thank her for her hard work.
Sophie Lewis, aged 18, has raised more than £600 for the charity in thanks for the treatment she has received throughout her life.
The teen was first treated at the hospital at just 18 months old for scoliosis, and was later diagnosed with complex congenital abnormality – which means her pelvis is deformed in several places.
In 2013, Sophie became the youngest person in the UK to have pioneering surgery to add six centimetres to one of her legs using magnets hidden in the bone.
A year after her treatment, she hosted a charity football match with her brother Matthew, 14, who is also treated at the hospital for Crohn’s disease.
Now, to thank her for her hard work, she has been recognised as part of East Midlands Trains’ new charity programme. The transport company is offering special experience days to nominated charity volunteers and fundraisers, with chosen guests getting a behind-the-scenes look at Sheffield station.
Those picked get the chance to make announcements, dispatch a train, visit a signal box, travel in the driver’s cab and then go first class to London.
Sophie, from Healing in Lincolnshire, said: “I was so excited about the day. I had always wondered how trains work because I travel on them all the time back and forth to appointments at the hospital.
“I was so grateful to be able to do it as well, because I didn’t expect anything. It just sounded like a great day. It is a cause very close to our family and in our hearts.”