Caring teenager’s a real champion

Sasha-Louise Briggs-Daly Champion child from Featherstone with her mum Sharon Briggs-Daly
Sasha-Louise Briggs-Daly Champion child from Featherstone with her mum Sharon Briggs-Daly

BRAVE Featherstone teenager Sasha-Louise Briggs-Daly appreciates her eyesight more than most of us.

The 14-year-old has suffered from nystagmus, a condition causing involuntary eye movements, since she was born and goes to bed at night knowing she could wake up blind.

But the caring youngster, of Little Lane, does not let her condition get in the way of her efforts to help wheelchair-bound friends at Purston E-ACT Academy, and a neighbour’s grandson who suffers from autism.

Her mum Sharon, 42, has nominated Sasha-Louise for an Express Champion Child award for her brave, ambitious and compassionate nature.

She said: “Her eyesight has got a lot of worse over the past year and she could lose it quite quickly, which is heartbreaking.

“But she just gets on with it, she’s always positive and just does what she can to fit in with everybody else.”

Sasha-Louise recently stood up to a bully who had targeted both her and a friend and she was given awards by Featherstone Rovers after she became the only pupil at school to move up four levels in PE.

Sharon added: “Any fiddly things become major difficulties for Sasha so she’s doing really well. For most tasks she has to concentrate four times as much as the average person.

“I am nominating her to show how brave she is everyday and how proud everyone is who knows her.”

Sasha-Louise also does fundraising for the Guide Dogs for the Blind charity and will be collecting donations at a rowathon outside Boots, in Pontefract, on December 12.

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