Portsmouth teenager receives bravery award from Prince Harry

Prince Harry meets Hope-Bethany Farren and Sharon-Louise Farren Picture: TWM
Prince Harry meets Hope-Bethany Farren and Sharon-Louise Farren Picture: TWM

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PORTSMOUTH teenager Hope Farren met Prince Harry last night as she received an award for her bravery.

The 13-year-old collected her prize from the prince at a glittering ceremony at the Hilton, in Park Lane, London.

Hope received the gong for her amazing courage in battling severe asthma, angieodema, chest, lung and adrenaline problems.

The awards are run by WellChild, a national charity working to help seriously-ill children.

Every day Hope undergoes gruelling treatment, but keeps on smiling.

Despite the mental and physical exhaustion, Hope works extremely hard to keep up with her schoolwork and devotes endless hours and energy to fundraising to improve the lives of other children in Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, where she receives treatment.

She won the category of Inspirational Young Person from among hundreds of nominations.

Speaking at the event last night, Hope said: ‘I said to Prince Harry that he didn’t sound as posh as I thought he would and he replied that he laughs at people who sound too posh. It was an honour to meet him but just like talking to a normal man and was so nice and relaxed.’

Prince Harry said: ‘The stories we have heard tonight are moving beyond words.

‘They remind us of the utter insignificance of our everyday worries.

‘Yet, one of the things that always stands out is the positivity shown by those in the most difficult and testing circumstances.

‘It is heartening to hear so many stories of happiness and hope, even through the dark times.’