Young dance star defies the odds and pain to scoop prize

24/05/13 ''Pictured is Hayley Davies 15 of Barnsley  and best friend  Beth Watson. Hayley  suffers from an excruciating nerve disorder which renders her almost immobile but told how she powers through the agony at dancing contests because her hobby allows her to "forget" the pain.''Hayley has mobility problems caused by the nerve disorder neuropathy for the last three years, and has been forced to use a wheelchair every day since January after her condition deteriorated.'''rossparry.co.uk / Tom Maddick
24/05/13 ''Pictured is Hayley Davies 15 of Barnsley and best friend Beth Watson. Hayley suffers from an excruciating nerve disorder which renders her almost immobile but told how she powers through the agony at dancing contests because her hobby allows her to "forget" the pain.''Hayley has mobility problems caused by the nerve disorder neuropathy for the last three years, and has been forced to use a wheelchair every day since January after her condition deteriorated.'''rossparry.co.uk / Tom Maddick
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An inspirational teenager has won a top dancing competition – despite being confined to a wheelchair every day.

Brave Hayley Davies, aged 15, has had mobility problems caused by the nerve disorder neuropathy for the last three years and has been forced to use a wheelchair every day since January after her condition deteriorated.

But despite the pain when she performs, Hayley still dances twice a week.

She even managed to win a regional contest and will now go on to a nationwide final later this year.

Hayley, of Barnsley, said: “When I move, pain rushes through my whole body.

“I get piercing pains in my legs, my hips, my arms, even my fingertips – but when I’m dancing I’m so happy and I forget about the pain.

“I often have to stop for a break during sessions if it becomes too much but I’m determined to dance despite my condition.

“I love dancing and there’s so much to be concentrating on when I’m doing it so it allows me to forget.

“I have to use a wheelchair when I go shopping and every day at school because walking between lessons becomes too painful for me.

“I also really struggle with stairs and I have climb up and down them by sitting on each step so we’re having to get a stairlift fitted in the house.

“The fact that I’m able to dance really is a miracle.”

Proud mum Mandy, 44, an assistant care manager, said: “She’s amazing at coping with it and really manages to pace herself.”