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Beth Lancaster, 15, uses half of her prize to boost operation bid for local cystic fibrosis sufferer

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 18, 2014

AWARD: Beth Lancaster, centre, with Rob Gibson, the president of Torpoint and Rame Peninsula Lions, and the Lions' youth officer Mary Brinkman. : Andy Campfield

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A 15-YEAR-OLD girl who was awarded £100 for completing 100 hours of work in her community has donated half of her prize money to help a local woman suffering from cerebral palsy.

Beth Lancaster, who attends Torpoint Community College, was presented the Gold Seal award certificate and badge as part of the Young Leaders In Service awards from Torpoint and Rame Peninsula Lions (TRPL).

Beth achieved her award by working with the TRPL team in its annual daffodil picking project, and with Torpoint Brownies.

Beth said: "It was amazing – I'm definitely proud because I have got something to put on my CV. It was a good experience and I can be a representative for my school to help them to get more students involved."

The teenager donated £50 towards an operation for 22-year-old Torpoint woman Emma Walton, who suffers from cerebral palsy.

A £24,000 spinal operation will help Emma to walk better. Her mother Elaine Walton, owner of Top Shop Chippy in Torpoint, said: "Emma was born prematurely and the doctors think that's what caused it. She uses a wheelchair sometimes because it affects her legs the most. She was diagnosed at about 18 months, after a brain scan."

Emma, who graduated from Guildford University with a first in psychology, struggles to walk down stairs.

Her mum said: "Because she is getting older we want to get on with it – she is so independent and she doesn't let anything stop her."

Emma, who plays wheelchair basketball in her spare time, said: "I'm very grateful to Beth, because she's so young as well.

"The operation will mean I can do all the things that I haven't been able to do, like walking up and downstairs."

So far, the family has raised £10,000 towards the operation over the past year.

The Young Leaders In Service awards are open to people between the ages of 11 and 18.

Mary Brinkman, youth officer at TRPL, said: "I think it's brilliant to support our youngsters. They always get a bad press and it's good to encourage the work they do for the benefit of others."

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