A kind-hearted group of teenagers who ditched plans for a holiday abroad and opted for a staycation when their friend was unable to fly have returned home after their girly trip away.
For Olivia Burns and her friends, plans to jet off to the Greek resort of Malia were firmly on the horizon, but when Olivia, of Hipperholme, received the news that she was unable to fly following surgery for an astrocytoma of the brain, joining her friends for a break abroad was no longer an option.
But when Olivia’s friends found out she wouldn’t be able to travel abroad, they selflessly shelved plans for a holiday in Malia, instead choosing a break in the picturesque seaside resort of Newquay, Cornwall.
The 14-strong group from Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School returned home on Sunday after a fun-filled week in the popular surfer’s paradise.
Olivia, 18 said: “It was really good. We went out every night and during the day we went to the beach and went on the banana boats. Some of the girls went to a music festival and a few of us went to a spa day.
“We all had such a good time and it’s a really nice feeling that they did that for me.
“The weather was great and thank you to my friends because we had a really good time.”
The break was a welcome one for Olivia, who was diagnosed with an astrocytoma of the brain two years ago.
Despite surgery to remove the tumour, she received the news that it had returned and progressed to grade three.
Following further surgery in November 2013, Olivia began a course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
But she is currently in remission and will return to school in September to complete her A-levels.