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"Inspirational" Stourbridge teen scoops top award
5:00pm Friday 13th September 2013 in News
AN “inspirational” Stourbridge teenager met Prince Harry when he picked up a prestigious national award celebrating children who have overcome disabilities.
Ben Hart, aged 17, was named a winner at the national WellChild Awards, held at London’s Dorchester Hotel in Park Lane on September 11.
The youngster, who suffers from a degenerative bone condition after having Perthes Disease as a child, was presented with his award at a star-studded bash, attended by the flame-haired prince - who is national charity WellChild’s patron.
Ben, from Drew Crescent, Pedmore, was nominated for the top accolade by Explorer Scout leader Mike Randle who has been impressed by Ben’s refusal to let his condition stop him achieving his goals.
He said: "Ben is inspirational. He has thrown himself into helping others, always willingly and with a smile on his face.”
The teenager has been an enthusiastic member of the Scouts for many years - despite his debilitating condition.
He completed his Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award expedition in extreme pain, just three weeks after undergoing a seven-hour operation; and he recently completed his Queens Scout Award and was also honoured with the Cornwell Scout Award.
Ben has also taken part in and organised numerous fundraising events and according to Mr Randle he is always more concerned for the welfare of others than himself.
He added: “We are privileged to have this young man in the Scout Association."
The youngster was picked from hundreds of nominations to win the Inspirational Young Person category of the awards which recognise the courage of children coping with serious illnesses or complex conditions and the dedication of professionals who work with sick children and their families.
WellChild’s director of programmes, Linda Partridge, said: “It is a tremendous challenge to select winners from the many, many truly amazing nominations we receive from all over the country.
“Ben truly deserves to be the winner of this award.”
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