Lucie was diagnosed with Leukaemia just after her third birthday. She endured chemotherapy every day for two and a half years, with a double dose on Fridays. The treatment caused severe nerve damage, which meant she couldn’t be touched. Lucie stopped walking from the age of three and a half and did not walk for two and half years. Since relearning how to walk she now regularly attends Stagecoach.
Trudy Hindmarsh, Principal of Stagecoach Theatre Arts School in Darlington, said: “Lucy wasn’t able to attend the Awards Ceremony at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London recently and we are delighted that Lady Grey -Thompson kindly offered to present Lucie with her Bravery Award.
Trudy adds: “Despite all her disabilities and the pain she suffers, Lucie never stops smiling and is uncomplaining and cheerful at all times. Indeed, it is a great honour for all the Stagecoach students to be able to mark her achievement at this special ceremony.
The Awards, launched at the House of Commons, are organised by Stagecoach Theatre Arts, one of the world’s largest network of part-time children’s performing arts schools. They were established to recognise, acknowledge and reward young people from all walks of life who have faced adversity, demonstrated bravery, shown courage, cared for others and proved they are good role models for young people.
Stephanie Manuel, Stagecoach’s co-founder said: “The Winners of these awards are the unsung heroes of today. Stagecoach has been both, inspired and humbled by the achievements of youngsters like Lucie.”