BRAVE Lucy Wood may suffer from multiple sclerosis but she never stops thinking of others.
The brave ten-year-old has needed hospital treatment for the debilitating illness ever since she was five.
But she has still made time to raise money for charity by having her hair chopped off to support poorly youngster Bradley Lowery.
Now, the two of them are best of friends and, like Bradley, Lucy has now been nominated for a Pride of Hartlepool award.
Her delighted mum Sharon Wood, 44, a full-time mum, said: “I am proud as punch. It is lovely that she has been nominated. Despite everything she goes through, she always wants to do something for other people before she thinks of herself.”
Lucy is so highly regarded, the nomination for her came from Bradley’s mum Gemma Lowery.
She put Lucy forward after the caring 10-year-old raised money by having 14in chopped off her hair, which is past her waist, in order to help Bradley Lowery’s Fight Against Neuroblastoma.
She first met Bradley when they were both having treatment in the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle - Bradley for a rare cancer, and Lucy for MS.
Her haircut efforts raised more than £1,500 but Lucy did not stop there. She spearheaded a Christmas initiative to raise more money by getting people to donate presents.
Gemma said: “Lucy has had to deal with a lot in her short life but she always thinks of others. To me, she deserves an award for her selfless act that she did to make others feel better. She is an inspirational young girl and I am very proud to know her.”
Lucy, who lives in Peterlee with Sharon and dad Stuart, 44, who is an estates manager for East Durham Homes, and sister Katie, aged 16, was just five when she was diagnosed with MS, the same disease her father suffers from.
Sharon said: “She has just had her six monthly review and she is doing really well at the moment. Long may it continue.”
We are continuing the search for entries in the Pride of Hartlepool competition. You have until early March to put forward your favourites. Make sure you fill in the nomination form below, or visit www.hartlepool.mail.co.uk and complete the online form.