Brothers’ efforts earn theatre tickets reward

Twelve days of Christmas recipients'Jordan Ellis and Brandon Holmes
Twelve days of Christmas recipients'Jordan Ellis and Brandon Holmes
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Two brothers’ hard work has resulted in them being awarded tickets to see a Sheffield theatre’s big seasonal production.

Jordan Ellis, aged 14, and 12-year-old Brandon Holmes, from Wisewood, were given the tickets as part of the 12 Days of Christmas campaign, backed by The Star.

Both suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which can lead to them becoming inattentive and hyperactive.

However, the boys have worked hard to improve their behaviour and do well at school – and as a reward they have been given tickets to see Oliver! at the Crucible, as well as vouchers for a family tea out through the appeal, run by charity Help A Child Have A Chance.

Grandma Linda Wallder, who looks after Jordan, a pupil at Brantwood Specialist School in Nether Edge, and Brandon, who attends Forge Valley School in Stannington, said: “We are so grateful to Help A Child Have A Chance and would like to thank everyone who has made this possible.

“It means such a lot to me and the boys – it lets them know how much people care about them and how well they are doing at school – despite living with their conditions.”

The Star has teamed up with the charity to offer young people the chance to receive a slice of £10,000.

Grants are awarded to individuals aged up to 18, or groups, carers and educators who work with young people who are vulnerable or in need of funding.

Nominations flooded in following an appeal last month and the recipients of the cash are now being revealed.

Trustee Shirley Kilner said: “We hope Jordan and Brandon have a brilliant night at the Crucible – we are really pleased to be able to give the family a much-needed treat.

“Linda and her husband Peter work tirelessly for the boys, despite being retired, and this is our way of recognising all the love, care and support they give to Jordan and Brandon.”

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