Inspirational teen Phoebe wins Diana Award

Phoebe Hedley has raised thousands of pounds for the RVI's Teenage Cancer Trust.

Phoebe Hedley has raised thousands of pounds for the RVI's Teenage Cancer Trust.

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An inspirational teenager who put others first despite undergoing gruelling chemotherapy and studying for her GCSEs has scooped a Diana Award.

Phoebe Hedley, 16, who is battling potentially-cancerous tumours, set up a fund-raising campaign, Not Just a Statistic, to raise money for Newcastle RVI’s teenage cancer ward and has raised almost £5,000 in just eight months.

Last night the Cleadon teen was honoured with the Diana Active Campaigner Award at a glittering ceremony in Newcastle.

As well as her fund-raising campaign, Phoebe, a pupil at Whitburn CE Academy, has seen championing the cause of cancer sufferers, especially the young, as her main focus and drive.

Phoebe, who was diagnosed with the rare bowel condition Familial Adenomatous Polyposis, and at just 13 had an operation to remove and reconstruct her full colon, set up a Twitter page and campaigned extensively, holding assemblies and selling wrist bands.

The Diana Award judges felt the impact of Phoebe’s work had been felt by many, with strangers contacting her for support and encouragement.

Phoebe’s condition resulted in a growth forming in the large bowel and specialists at the RVI have used chemotherapy to shrink it before it turns cancerous.