Brave Hartlepool girl wins award for fighting cancer

Eloise Robinson with her award from the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust.

Eloise Robinson with her award from the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust.

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A schoolgirl who was just a toddler when she lost her eye to cancer has lifted an award for the courage she has shown.

Ten-year-old Eloise Robinson has been hailed for her bravery after she battled against retinoblastoma, a rare form of the disease which affects the retina of children.

She just takes life in her stride and doesn’t let anything stop her.

Mum Pamela Robinson

She was 22-months-old in 2007 when she was diagnosed.

Her left eye had to be removed at Birmingham Children’s Hospital to save her life, and since then the Seaton Lane youngster has made steady progress with checks at Sunderland Eye Infirmary.

Despite difficulties, Eloise, who attends St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School and lives with mum Pamela, 37, dad Jason, 38, a self employed kitchen fitter and brothers Liam, seven, and Aaron, 14 months, plays sports and enjoys arts and crafts.

Eloise has been named a Champion by the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust in recognition of her bravery.

Her mum Pamela, a team leader for My Life, which supports those with learning difficulties, said: “Over the years Eloise has been an inspiration not only to myself but to all her family and friends.

“She is intelligent, kind and compassionate.

“Her school teachers often comment about her selfless nature and the way she takes others under her wing.

“She just takes life in her stride and doesn’t let anything stop her.

“There was a time when Eloise was very self-conscious but as she’s grown older she has learned how to cope with people and some of the things other children in particular might say.”