Meet the Pride of the Isle finalists

Danielle Stoton
Danielle Stoton

Another raft of incredible children and adults are about to be honoured in the 2016 Lex’s Legacy Pride of the Isle Awards.

Nominations for the prestigious community awards held in memory of the late Alexander Strong of Epworth flooded in, and everyone now has the chance to vote for their particular favourite.

Awards finalists listed below are already winners – but you can help decide who is the outright winner of each of four sections and who are runners-up. Just text as directed below the details of each finalist and help donate to the charity’s good work at the same time. More details can be found on the charity’s website at

Voting will end on January 22 at 6pm, prior to the awards on January 23, when 475 people will gather in Westwoodside Pavilion from 7pm, to share the special evening with the Pride of the Isle committee headed by Leesa Sharpe, and guests.


Chris Pidd: Crowle man Chris has given total dedication to the Crowle Playing Field Association for over 20 years. As one of the committee fighting to make the facility better for the community, he helped with the building of the pavilion and supported the project financially, along with his time and dedication. Chris has helped Crowle to keep a much needed recreation facility.

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Alan Rayment: Father of three Alan, of Crowle, became a double amputee many years ago but has never allowed this to hold him back. He has remained a positive influence and inspiration to others both in his personal and professional life. Alan organises many charity sports events including bike rides on his adapted trike.

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Marie Caygill: In November 2013 at the age of 45, Marie, of Doncaster, was diagnosed with Grade 3 breast cancer. She was sent away with a treatment plan that included three bouts of surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormone therapy. Marie was given various leaflets explaining the procedures but nothing to explain the enormous impact the diagnosis would have emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually and financially. Marie is the founder of the Doncaster support drop-in centre. Her mission is to provide emotional and spiritual support and guidance to patients and to direct to counselling services if required. Advice even extends to wigs and headscarf fittings, make up, diet coping strategies, financial advice: directing people to services for welfare, benefits and grants, and provision of a network of cancer buddies willing to support in aspects such as hospital visits or shopping.

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Joanne Hobson: Inspirational Doncaster woman Joanne lost her 11-year old son Liam to a rare form of cancer in May 2013 and carried on with Liam’s incredible achievement of raising over £8,000 before he died, for various charities. Liam was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, which is a malignant form of cancer affecting muscles which cause soft tissue tumours. Liam turned all aspects of his treatment into positives. When he found out he was to lose his hair he had a sponsored head shave, and did a five kilometre run to raise £2,800 in just seven months to thank the hospitals. Joanne set up Liam’s Warriors Trust in his memory, and is an inspiration.

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Emma Downing: On September 10 2013, Emma’s life changed for ever. Her beautiful little boy Liam was rushed to Doncaster Royal Infirmary and was taken straight to ICU. Emma, of Belton, was given the devastating news that Liam had type 1 diabetes. In June last year Emma organised a Princess and Superhero Charity Party and raised over £1000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Emma continues to be a supporter of this cause, is a member of the ENA dance group and helps at their fundraiser and other charity events.

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Ben Roe: Ben was born with Down’s Syndrome but was diagnosed with acute myloid leukaemia at 23 months. He had six months of intense chemotherapy during which he spent only three weeks at home. When Ben, of Doncaster, was three-and-a-half an MRI scan and radioactive bone scan revealed his leg was broken. It was found he had acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and he then had nearly three years of chemotherapy. His body reacted badly and his family feel lucky to still have him here. Ben made it easier for his family to cope by his bravery. Chemotherapy damaged his immune system and he has some painful benign tumours inside the bones of one of his legs. He loves WWE and Lego and this year has taken some great photos and is doing a charity calendar for a children’s cancer charity.

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Kasabian Newton Smith: On February 5, 2010, Kasabian was playing at home when his father noticed his son’s face change. Paramedics thought it was a stroke but after an hour in A&E his parents were sent home with steroids and told not to worry. But on March 14 2010 Kasabian could not sit, stand, move or talk. Finally, a CT scan revealed a mass on his brain that was the size of a fist. The following day options were given, to go home, let Kasabian die, try to biopsy the mass, or try removing the mass. It had to be a quick decision as Kasabian was given just two weeks to live. His family chose to remove the mass. Kasabian started chemotherapy but needed radiation treatment in America. On August 13 Kasabian and his dad flew from Sheffield to America and returned on October 22 to resume chemotherapy. In February 2011 the family was told treatment had failed. On December 2, 2013, a life- threatening tumour was found in his neck, followed by others. Kasabian holds the record at Weston Park Hospital of 111 radiotherapy treatments. He now has a brain tumour that is inoperable. He fought for almost six years against Ewings Sarcoma and continues to fight. His family hopes and prays chemotherapy will work.

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Zach KilKenny: On holiday in Barcelona in August last year, six-year old Zach of Cantley suffered a stroke. In hospital further tests were carried out and he was diagnosed with moyamoya disease. This is a rare, incurable and progressive brain disorder, and as Zach already had hereditary spherocytosis he became one of only three people in the world to have both conditions. His family was told that due to the severity of the stroke Zach was unlikely to walk and he could not grip anything with his right hand. The physiotherapist worked with Zach for hours every day and within a week Zach had climbed out of bed and was walking unaided although very unsteady. His speech was slow and very basic so he smiled a lot. Zach’s only chance of help was surgery as soon as possible and fundraising began as Zach was admitted to Sheffield Children’s Hospital for an emergency splenectomy. Funds raised took Zach to Zurich which has the only children’s Moyamoya centre in Europe. He underwent two 12-hour brain surgeries and was allowed home on December 1. Zach has started back at school, doing half days, has started to read again and after hours of practice is holding his pencil and writing again. He has started martial arts again and stays confident and determined.

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Leo Palmer: This beautiful little boy captures the heart of everyone that meets him. He was born at Scunthorpe Hospital, where his mum Siobhan had a very difficult birth. Leo went for an MRI scan and was found to have cerebral palsy.

His parents were told he would never walk or talk. He has battled a number of complications and beaten them, and continues his fight to walk every day. He managed to stand alone for the first time this Christmas.

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Liam Addlesee: At The age of four Isle boy Liam was rushed into hospital in Doncaster and his parents were given the devastating news that he had been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, but Liam stays busy and happy and in March 2014 managed to do a sponsored swim for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

He raised over £800 for the charity and still helps to raise the profile of this horrible disease, along with his family.

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Tegan Janssen: Tegan fell down a few months before her second birthday.

A month later she was rushed into hospital and it was found she had septic arthritis! After a lengthy operation, Tegan still suffered a swollen knee, needing leg splints. Later, at Sheffield Children’s Hospital she was found to have juvenile arthritis.

Her dad was taught how to give her weekly injections which made her very sick. Tegan led a normal school life but was in constant pain. Last year Tegan’s knee was compared to that of a 70-year- old. Her consultant gave the option of limb reconstruction surgery and an external Taylor spital frame.

This was to lengthen and straighten her leg. Her consultant decided to attempt to cover her knee in special material then micro fracture all four surfaces to try and grow some cartilage. She had six months three weeks with her frame, 26 hours of surgery in five operations, and 54 nights in hospital.

On April 20 she had her frame removed and full length plaster on her leg, to be removed on June 9, six days before her 15th birthday. Despite a rough year at school with seven months in the isolation unit, Tegan managed to maintain her grades. Tegan will have a full knee replacement at some point and is a great example of courage.

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Inspirational Award

Finally, the most Inspirational Award is decided and will go to Armthorpe’s Danielle Stoton. Danielle was seriously injured in a road collision in August 2014. She was not expected to last the night due to her severe injuries.

But with a great deal of nursing care and determ-ination Danielle has amazed the doctors and is walking and talking with a great sense of humour and zest for life.

Danielle can not turn the clock back but with the help of her family, she will grow stronger every day.