Kenan is an inspirational Champion Child

Samantha Wilkes and her 11-year-old son Kenan who has cerebral palsy and is looking to get a �2,000 specialist bike to help with his physio after an operation at the end of the month.
Samantha Wilkes and her 11-year-old son Kenan who has cerebral palsy and is looking to get a �2,000 specialist bike to help with his physio after an operation at the end of the month.

Inspirational youngster Kenan Wilkes - who has cerebral palsy - has been nominated for this year’s Express’ Champion Children awards.

The brave 11-year-old, whose condition affects his arms and legs, had an operation in February.

His parents Samantha and Mark, of Churchfield Mews, Castleford, started a campaign which raised more than £2,000 to buy a custom-made bike to help with Kenan’s recovery from the operation.

Mrs Wilkes said: “Kenan is such a little fighter and I am so proud of him.

“He has been doing fine since the operation. It’s slowly but surely but he is doing really well and doing well at school too.”

Kenan is an avid Castleford Tigers fan and was invited to the team’s awards night by Tigers’ chief executive Steve Gill.

The Castleford Academy pupil will be one of dozens of youngsters invited to a glittering Champion Children awards ceremony at Wakefield Theatre Royal next month.

He will be presented with an award before being treated to a performance of the Christmas pantomime - Jack and the Beanstalk – on December 13.

If you know a youngster aged 16 or under who you would like to nominate for Champion Children please write to us to tell us about what makes them special.

Please include the child’s name, age, address and their parent or guardian’s daytime contact number. Mark nominations as ‘Champion Children 2013’ and send them to editorial@wakefieldexpress.co.uk or Express Champion Children, 1 Front Street, Pontefract, WF8 1BL.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, November 29.