Champion award for brave ‘little star’ Lucy, aged four

Four year old Lucy Illingworth with her  mum Candice who has been named a CHECT Champion
Four year old Lucy Illingworth with her mum Candice who has been named a CHECT Champion

A courageous little girl from Rastrick has been honoured for her bravery and named a charity champion.

Four-year-old Lucy Illingworth, a pupil at Highbury School, was diagnosed with a rare eye condition at the age of nine months.

Lucy lost her sight to the eye cancer bilateral retinoblastoma (Rb) and has had to learn to adapt. She has overcome many obstacles and lives life to the full.

Her mum Candice Flynn nominated Lucy for an award from the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust.

“We were in a cancer bubble for a long time. Lucy has been through so much in her life but she is always smiling and singing and never lets anything faze her. She is the bravest little lady I know and, despite being completely blind, she is totally fearless.

“She is an absolute star and I am very proud of her.”

Lucy, of Oaklands, underwent six months of chemotherapy treatment over 12 months and has now been in remission for two years.

She loves music and playing with her two brothers, Joshua, 10, and Oliver, seven.

“They really look out for her and are really good with her,” said 37-year-old Candice.

Joy Felgate, chief executive of the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust, said: “Every child affected by Rb faces huge disruption and upset, distressing treatment and also many follow-on check-ups.

“We are delighted to recognise the bravery and resilience Lucy has shown throughout her treatment and beyond.”

Lucy and her mum attended an award ceremony in Blackpool and she received a medal, framed certificate and goody bag.

When she was younger, Lucy had treatment at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.