WHEN Thomas Wilson’s mum was diagnosed with a rare cancer it was fair to expect such a young boy to ‘crumble’.
But he has fought back by raising cash for cancer charities with a maturity and a determined attitude far beyond his years.
The 11-year-old has been nominated for The Star Superkids awards, following in big sister Diane’s fundraising footsteps after their mum, also called Diane, 47, was diagnosed three years ago.
Diane, aged 18, said: “Instead of crumbling like everybody else Thomas got into fundraising.
“He is so inspirational, one in a million really.”
Thomas, a pupil at Thorne Academy in Thorne, Doncaster, collected £80 on his first charity effort. Last year he organised a football day with sister Diane which raised a massive £2,000.
And his target for this year is £10,000 with a sponsored walk in May.
Diane added: “He doesn’t stop at fundraising, he helps everyone. In the snow there was an old lady near us that needed digging out and Thomas went and did it before asking the street if they needed milk or anything.
“When you read stories about teenagers in the papers they can be quite negative – Thomas is determined to change that.
“He wants to put a positive image on young people and I think he is doing a really good job.
“He makes us so proud.”
Do you know a youngster who deserves recognition like Thomas? It’s easy to nominate for Superkids.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of nominee, nominator and contact details with a brief description, under 100 words, of why they should be a Superkid, by April 20.
Or write to Superkids, Promotions Department, York Street, Sheffield, S1 1PU.
Categories recognising young people’s efforts
SUPERKIDS is in its 16th year – and we need readers help to make it the best ever.
Do you know a child or teenager who has overcome adversity, shown exceptional talent or made sacrifices?
If so the awards, which culminate with a glittering ceremony in May and have Frankie & Benny’s as the main sponsor, could be the perfect place to recognise them.
The categories are:
Sports Award - Recognises outstanding achievement in a sporting field through skill or determination.
Bravery Award - Honours a child who has shown exceptional bravery by overcoming great odds or being courageous through trauma.
Young Citizen of the Year - Rewards those who make a difference in the community and inspire others.
Fundraiser of the Year - A salute to a person or group that has helped a cause through their commitment.
Educational Progress Award – Success in the education system is recognised in this category.
Supporting the Family - For a child or children who support relatives in times of need.
Special Award - To recognise an inspiring youngster whose achievements do not fit into other categories.
The Environment Award - Entrants must show how they help the environment at school, home, or elsewhere.
Triumph Over Adversity Award - Plaudit for a child who has overcome extreme adversity with strength.
Music & Performing Arts Award - Highlights great ability in the music or performing arts.