When William Seager was born prematurely, weighing just 1lb 15oz, at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff he was deemed as a ‘miracle child’. William, who has now turned four years old, was recommended for termination when doctors suspected he had a severe form of spina bifida. Upon later inspection it was found that the tot had a triple knot in his umbilical cord.
Last year we honoured Teddy Houlston who became the youngest ever organ donor when his brave parents made the incredible decision to donate his organs after he was born with anencephaly - a rare birth defect that prevents the brain and skull developing.
Leicester has a lot to celebrate this year, but before winning the Premiership they were already celebrating the diligence and perseverance of Anne Glover who took on drug dealers, muggers and out-of-control kids to bring pride to her city. This year we are launching the new TSB Community Partner Award, to honour someone just like Ann who has worked as a force for good in their local community.
The families of the 96 football supporters killed at Hillsborough already had to cope with the loss of their sons and daughters. But their grief was compounded in the most painful way imaginable as members of the establishment closed ranks in a bid to smear the victims in a shameful cover-up.
Winning a Pride of Britain Award eight years ago was just the beginning for Tilly Griffiths. Despite having a rare muscle-wasting disease, which leaves her unable to walk, control her head or lift her arms, Tilly had raised £360,000 to buy state-of-the-art wheelchairs for other children. And since receiving her award from Sir Bruce Forsyth, her fundraising total has topped a remarkable £5 million.