HE HAS already shared his story with millions of people on social media – and now Lewis Hines is reaching a TV audience.
The teenager from Havant is in a documentary for CBBC talking about the prom he and friends organised earlier this year.
Lewis, who has a series of health problems that has seen him spend time in hospital, decided to host the prom for teenagers who have disabilities or illnesses which caused them to miss their own school prom.
And the story of how the idea came about, the organisation of it and Lewis’ own story have been made into a documentary as part of the My Life series.
My Life: My Big Prom is available on BBC iPlayer and last night friends and family of Lewis gathered to watch it.
Lewis said: ‘It was surreal watching the documentary back and seeing how much everyone enjoyed the prom.
It was also emotional seeing how much an impact the prom had for the people who attended it.Jasmine Pace
‘It was important to show the build-up to the prom and everyone working together as a team to put it on and make sure it went as well as we hoped.’
Lewis, 16, was helped with organising the prom, held in June, by friends Callum Austin, Jasmine Pace, George Pace, Eden Rainbow-Cooper, Billy Norman, Ed Lawson, Hannah Woodson and his sisters Chloe and Jessica.
Speaking after seeing the documentary, Jasmine said: ‘It was overwhelming watching it and seeing how much Lewis struggles with his illness.
‘It was also emotional seeing how much an impact the prom had for the people who attended it.
‘We knew at the time how much it meant to them, but seeing them talk about it in the programme made it more real.
‘We started the prom project together, we achieved it together so it was important to come and watch it together.’
Eden added: ‘It was a really proud moment watching the prom back. It made all the hard work worth it.’
As previously reported in The News, Lewis was diagnosed with a brain tumour when he was younger and suffers seizures.
He has spent a lot of his childhood in and out of hospital which made it difficult for him to make friends.
So he launched the Friend Finder app where people similar to him could make friends. It has grown to host events and the prom.
On his 16th birthday, Lewis released a heartfelt video of his story on social media which was viewed more than 12 million times.
Mum Emma said: ‘I am so proud of Lewis and all his friends who put on the prom.
‘They have already committed to holding another two next year and we need to raise £50,000 for it.’
For more information visit lewishine.co.uk.