Ellie-May’s kindness is celebrated

Ellie-May Sheridan
Ellie-May Sheridan

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SHE’S been through a traumatic time herself, going in and out of hospital and facing several operations.

But still, 10-year-old Ellie-May Sheridan was thinking of others and she decided to raise money for Jack Robinson to help his dreams come true.

She raised around £700 for the four-year-old from Denmead who died in April after suffering from a brain tumour.

Ellie-May won the award for Star of the Community at The News first Youth awards.

It comes after she spent time in her local area shaking a bucket to raise money for Jack.

She said: ‘I’m happy because I wanted to win an award. It means a lot.

‘I have had a lot of operations. A year after a back operation I raised £700 for Jack Robinson because the Making a Wish foundation is making my wishes come true and I wanted Jack’s wishes to come true.’

As part of the fundraising, Ellie-May walked a total of 10 miles on different days.

She went to a football match at Havant and Waterlooville Football Club and shook a bucket to encourage donations.

And she spent some time walking around the area where she lives, asking for donations from neighbours and people in the community.

Ellie-May was born with a syndrome that is yet to be named but affects her legs, hips, spine and heart.

She has had to have several operations.

She was nominated by her mum Katherine Reed, 36, from Southbourne Avenue in Drayton.

She said: ‘I’m extremely proud of her. When she said she wanted to do something for Jack, it broke my heart.

‘She has been through so much herself and it was something she wanted to do for someone else.

‘I was so surprised that she raised that much money.’

She added: ‘I never imagined she would raise that much all by herself.’

Katherine said she is also proud of how strong her daughter has been despite her health problems.

‘She’s so brave and never complains,’ she said.

‘This means everything to me. I want her to know how proud everybody is of her, not just us. She is ecstatic, she’s really happy.’

Lillie Faust from Cosham was named as the runner-up of the Star of the Community award.

The 13-year-old joined the Portsmouth Youth Parliament and became one of their youngest ever members.