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Caring teen’s award date with Harry
8:00am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
A TEENAGER will rub shoulders with Prince Harry when she picks up an award for the care she gave her late brother as he battled a brain tumour.
Hollie Green, 16, of Hallet Road, Canvey, was nominated for the prestigious 2013 WellChild Award by nurses who treated her brother, Danny.
The teenager, who balanced school work with travelling to Great Ormond Street Hospital, in London, to help care for Danny, has continued to fundraise in her brother’s name after his death.
Hollie said: “I was so shocked when I received the letter telling me I had won.
I did not even know the hospital had nominated me.
“To be honest, I don’t think I did anything that special. I was just there for my brother.”
Hollie would travel to London by herself every Friday after school and stay at her brother’s bedside until Sunday evening. Nurses described her daily telephone calls to Danny, 11, as a “tonic”.
Hollie said: “I was always very close to my brother and I think he liked the fact I wouldjust treat him normally. We all miss Danny very much, but whenever I feel sad I look at photos of him and think of all the things we did together.”
Danny died at Great Ormond Street Hospital last July, eight months after his family learned he had a brain tumour. The popular youngster was known for his sport and wasakeen karate student.
His parents, Lisa and Chris, along with Hollie set up the Danny Green Fund, which raises money for research into children’s brain tumours.
Lisa said: “I am very proud of Hollie.
“We are excitedabout the award. The evening will be held at the Dorchester Hotel in London and we have been invited to a reception with Prince Harry.”
Nurse Chloe Dewar, who nominated Hollie said: “Hollie is the most caring young woman who made such a difference to her brother and has shown exceptional strength of character throughout.
“She really deserves this recognition for all she has done, and continues to do, for Danny’s sake.”
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