A six-year-old resident of Pembroke has been honoured for raising more than £50,000 for a cancer ward at the inaugural British Citizen Youth Awards.
Elly Neville was chosen as one of 20 youngsters from across the UK to attend the ceremony at the Palace of Westminster, which celebrates those who have had a positive impact on their local community.
Elly and her father, Lyn, started the ‘Elly’s Ward 10 Flag Appeal’ campaign to raise money for Ward 10 at Withybush Hospital after she won first prize in a school competition for her collage of the Pembrokeshire county flag.
The ward has a special place in their hearts as it was where her father received treatment after he was diagnosed with blood cancer in 2005.
After raffling the flag, Elly continued to fundraise with her family organising fun days and others getting behind her cause by doing activities such as bungee jumping. The money Elly has raised has gone towards improving Ward 10, funding equipment such as a high-spec ‘Sara Stedy’ - an enhanced standing aid to allow patients to go to the toilet.
‘Wonderful way to celebrate’
‘Seeing Elly receive her award was inspiring,’ said Elly’s father, Lyn.
‘It was a wonderful way to celebrate all of her fundraising achievements for the ward and it was an honour to meet with other families of young people who have done amazing things to improve the lives of others.’
Samantha Evans, manager at Specsavers in Pembroke Dock, added: ‘Elly has achieved more in her short six years than most adults. With the support of her family, she has ensured that those staying in Ward 10 receive the best care they possibly can.
‘This award highlights those who go above and beyond for others and there’s no doubt that Elly is deserving of this acclaim. We’re proud to sponsor the award and to have a deserving winner hail from Pembroke is the icing on the cake.’