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Charlie's sister honoured for making a difference
6:00am Monday 21st October 2013 in News
THE inspirational sister of a Kidderminster toddler who lost his leukaemia fight has been recognised for her tireless battle to help save his life.
Ellie Louise Harris- Beard has been crowned as one of the 10 winners in West Mercia Police’s annual Young Good Citizen of the Year awards.
The awards, now in its 26th year, aims to honour people whose acts of generosity and displays of community spirit have made a difference to other people’s lives.
Ellie Louise, 13, was nominated by Kidderminster PCs Kellie Irvine and Rob Piper following the death of her two-year-old brother Charlie Harris- Beard earlier this year.
The youngster died in February after developing pneumonia during his two-year leukaemia battle.
Ellie Louise created facebook page Help Save Baby Charlie Harris Beard to urge the public to come forward and register to be bone marrow donors after Charlie was given just three months to live last year, She did it not only to help her brother, but also to help thousands of other people fighting the disease.
The popular facebook page now has more than 53,000 followers.
Since Charlie’s death, Ellie Louise has been involved in a number of fund-raising events to raise awareness of his condition and possible treatments by helping to set up the charity Cords4 Life, which aims to raise awareness of umbilical cord donations.
A successful bone marrow transplant using an umbilical cord from an American baby saved the youngster’s life in 2011.
Ellie Louise scooped the young citizens award for working tirelessly to promote awareness of the cause, while also coping with school work and supporting her family through their grief.
The winners were chosen from more than 120 young people nominated from Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Worcestershire.
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