Editor’s comment: Three inspiring stories to make town proud

Elias Haydock, three, of Worksop with his mum Charlotte after his life changing operation. Picture: Andrew Roe
Elias Haydock, three, of Worksop with his mum Charlotte after his life changing operation. Picture: Andrew Roe

Working on this week’s Guardian I feel very privileged to have heard the stories of three amazing individuals.

Every week in the paper and online we tell the stories of courageous members of the community who make us feel proud of the town.

But this week has been even more inspiring than usual.

First of all came the video created by fourteen year-old Emmie Jade Bennett-Price - as she lay in a hospital bed undergoing chemotherapy.

Emmie sadly passed away earlier this year - but her sense of humour amidst terrible adversity really shines through in her video as she mimes along to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Drunk’ song.

The video has become an instant hit on You Tube and is now raising money for the hospice where she spent her final days.

I cannot think of a more wonderful way for Emmie’s family and friends to remember this very special person.

Also this week there is some great news as Worksop’s Elias Haydock, a little boy with cerebral palsy, takes his first unaided steps thanks to pioneering surgery.

The three-year-old’s inspiring story is a credit to himself and his family.

But the whole community can feel proud of the fundraising efforts which have made Elias’ first steps possible by funding his surgery.

I hope the community equally gets behind the fundraising efforts of 22-year-old Liam Buckley, from Worksop, who was diagnosed with incurable bowel cancer in July.

Despite this shattering news, Liam has vowed to continue raising cash for Weston Park Hospital, where he has been treated.

Liam’s fundraising efforts include a wacky hat and hair party on Saturday 22nd November at North Notts Community Arena.