Ashley Gough

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This week's We Can Do It T-shirt goes to nine-year-old Ashley Gough for her selfless spirit.

Despite battling with a string of health problems, determined Ashley wants to help children less well off than her.

The youngster, who was born with a cleft lip and palate, has hearing problems and asthma and has also had meningitis, bronchitis and pneumonia.

Ashley, who goes to Riders Junior School in Leigh Park, has had six operations on her mouth and ?ve on her ears.

But determined not to let her own problems get her down, she has been raising money for Children in Need because she wants to help other children less fortunate than her.

Ashley also plans to hold more fundraising events in aid of the Cleft Lip and Palate Association.

Her parents have been very pleased with her fundraising efforts and say they are very proud of what she has achieved.

Dad Lee Abbatt, 30, of Billy Copse, Leigh Park says: 'Ashley is always thinking of others and that's why we're so proud of her.

'Every year for Children in Need she has wanted to do something to raise money, and each time she sets a target and then she achieves it.

'We're so happy and delighted she has been given a We Can Do It T-shirt and that she has been recognised for what she did this year.'