Diana honour for brave fundraiser

A BRAVE Stanford youngster who has devoted her life to fundraising and helping other people is to be presented with a Diana Award which is given to ‘outstanding young people selflessly creating and sustaining social change and is awarded in memory of Diana Princess of Wales.’
Katie Yoxall-Davis, 14, from Stanford-le-Hope, has a very complex heart condition, as well as another rare condition that affects her joints, her skin and internal organs. Although Katie feels unwell everyday, she is a very determined young lady and for several years has been the inspiration and driving force behind a local campaign to raise funds for public access defibrillators.
Katie’s Heart Appeal has raised more than £35,000, which has funded 12 public access defibrillators across Thurrock, provided support for Stanford and Corringham First Responders, funded Brompton Hospital days out for children with heart conditions, and much more.
Earlier this year she was awarded the Thurrock Civic Awards’ Rachel Middleton Award and was described by judges as ‘truly inspirational’.
Katie and her family will travel to London shortly to receive the Diana award and mum Charlotte says: “Katie was nominated by Laura Dodds who is part of the NHS immunisation team. She was so shocked as didn’t know anything about it.
“We are very proud of her.”
Another date on Katie’s Calendar is Sunday, 24 June when a team of 20 representing the appeal will be taking part in the Horndon Feast and Fayre 10K.
The team is sponsored by Howgates Estate agents of Stanford-le-Hope whose MD, Gavin Wilkins, will be taking part.