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.”