TALK about beating the odds.
The 13-year-old is just one of the children nominated for The Star Superkids awards - which recognised inspirational, talented and brave youngsters.
Proud mum Lesley Pitkin, of Edenthorpe, Doncaster, said: “Ellie is fully dependent on other people but as she’s growing up she is becoming more independent and doing more than I ever thought she would do.
“She goes to mainstream school and is doing well there, getting good grades. She went to America for ten days all on her own for this trip.”
Ellie has had quadriplegic cerebral palsy since she was born 10 weeks premature and has had years of gruelling treatment to reduce her pain.
Lesley added: “I thought she would be able to do very little.
“She has overcome all our expectations and is so inspiring. It’s incredible.”
There is still time 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.
SUPERKIDS is in its 16th year - and we need your help to make it the best.
Do you know a child who has overcome adversity, shown exceptional talent or made sacrifices?
If so the awards - with a ceremony in May and sponsored by Frankie & Benny’s - could be the place to recognise them.
The categories are:
n Sports Award - Recognises outstanding achievement in sport:
n Bravery Award - Honours a child who has shown bravery by overcoming great odds or through trauma;
n Young Citizen of the Year - for those who make a difference in the community and inspire others;
n Fundraiser of the Year - For a person or group that has helped a cause with their commitment;
n Educational Progress Award – Success in the education system is recognised in this category;
n Supporting the Family - For a child who support relatives in times of need;
n Special Award - To recognise a youngster whose inspirational achievements do not fit into other categories;
n The Environment Award - Rewards those who help the environment;
n Triumph Over Adversity Award - For a child who has overcome extreme adversity with strength;
n Music & Performing Arts Award - Highlights great ability in the music or performing arts.