BEST OF WEARSIDE: Brave two-year-old praised for fighting spirit

Beth Tait and Paul Evans with their two-year-old daughter Paige.
Beth Tait and Paul Evans with their two-year-old daughter Paige.
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A SERIOUSLY ill little girl has been praised for her fighting spirit on the day she was nominated for a Sunderland Echo award.

Silksworth youngster Paige Evans, aged two, continues to fight the life-threatening conditions that have left her blind and deaf.

Dad Paul Evans, 30, said her breathing was a problem at the moment because Paige was suffering from floppy airways.

But he welcomed the news that his brave daughter had been nominated in the Child of Courage category of our awards. He said: “That’s nice. It is lovely that someone has thought about recognising her. She is certainly courageous.”

Medics have told Paige’s family they have reached the end of the road in terms of medical care. Her parents Bethany, 22, and Paul, who are both her full-time carers, have taken her out of Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary and back home, in the hope of making what time she has left as happy as possible. Paul said: “Every day is important to us.”

The nomination for Paige came from Jemma Armstrong who runs the Kian’s Gift initiative, where ill children and their families can visit a holiday caravan for a much-needed break.

Jemma said: “I first became aware of Paige when her grandmother Kay contacted me to ask if Paige could have a stay in our fundraised caravan. Paige was to be our first special family.

“Her little life story and beautiful smile stole my heart and, from that day, I have followed her progress and story.”

Jemma said Paige left an imprint “with all she meets with her with her amazing courage.”

The awards, which are held in association with Gentoo, will culminate in a grand finale at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday, November 19.

For now, though, we want you to get in touch with your very own heroes before the closing date for nominations early next month. Whatever the story, we know there are heroes galore out there who are worthy of awards.

•Make your nominations here.