Caitlin wins Hero of the Year award

Schoolgirl Caitlin Woolley has won a prestigious award for her fantastic efforts to raise money for FORCE and awareness of the work of our charity.

Ten-year-old Caitlin from Teignmouth has been named a Young Hero of the Year at the Herald Express Pride of South Devon 2015 awards night.

She received the accolade at a special ceremony at the Imperial Hotel in Torquay.

Dance mad Caitlin has raised nearly £750 for our charity as a thank you for supporting her and her mum through cancer.

She also organised a cake sale, a dance marathon, a raffle and an auction as well as distributing collection tins.

The Year 6 pupil at Teignmouth Community School presented a total of £749.38 to FORCE.

Her efforts were recognised by the Pride of South Devon judges who honoured heroes from all walks of life.

“I am amazed to win,” said Caitlin. “I didn’t think it would happen. It’s a nice surprise.”

Mum Zuzana has been helped by FORCE during her treatment for thyroid cancer and Caitlin attends the children’s group at our Support and Information Centre.

“We were both really proud,” said Zuzana “I cried. I really didn’t expect it to happen. Obviously we were both extremely overjoyed. It was an honour for Caitlin to receive the award. I am just so proud.”

Herald Express editor Jim Parker said the awards ‘salute those who work away tirelessly for others without getting or seeking the recognition or rewards they so richly deserve.’

Our picture shows Caitlin and mum Zuzana at the awards ceremony.