A mother says she is “incredibly proud” of her inspirational teenage daughter after she became the finalist of a BBC award.
Grace Gaskell, 13, from Chalfont St Peter, was diagnosed with a brain tumour last summer but has never let her condition hold her back from getting out and enjoying life.
She won the Emily Mott Child of Courage category at the MyLocalHero2019 awards earlier this year and now she is in the final of BBC’s Operation Ouch Awards.
The active teenager was nominated for the award by her squadron leader, Samantha Cairns,at the cadets she attends.
Flying Officer Cairns nominated Grace for inspirational courage despite the challenges of her ongoing battle.
Speaking about her daughter, Grace’s mum Rebecca said: “I am incredibly proud of Grace particularly with the way she has dealt with all the challenges thrown at her.
“Cadets is one of her passions along with judo and dancing – she loves to be active.
“We were told at the start of the year that Grace had been nominated and now she has got through a judging panel to be one of the last three people left in the competition.”
Grace attends the 606 Beaconsfield Cadets and after earning her place in the final for the awards the BBC sent a television crew out to film her at cadets.
Rebecca added: “They filmed her at her squadron and followed what she does there. They filmed her holding a cadet flag and her getting involved in team building activities.
“A BBC filming crew also came to our house where they talking more about her interests, including baking as she made a cake, and also about the medication she takes.”
Grace pictured in the middle accepting her award at MyLocalHero2019.
Picture courtesy of Hoss Photography