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Inspirational Farrah wins national accolade

A YOUNG Sion Mills girl is to be recognised for her astounding achievements at an awards ceremony in London next month.

Farrah McCloskey, who turns four later this month, was born with a shortened femur bone in her leg and as a result was unable to walk for much of her young life.

That was until she took her magic ‘first steps’ last September. Farrah’s parents Ciara and Patrick attributed their daughter’s progress to the “massive” help she received from the Strabane Sure Start pre-school facility she had started to attend.

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Indeed it was, Sharon Hasson, the manager of the Sure Start facility who nominated Farrah for the accolade.

“The Young Achiever of the Year award is given to someone who has overcome all the odds, never gave up despite adversity and who had a positive impact on other children or the community,” said Sharon.

“Farrah first became known to us when her parents enrolled in one of our programmes in September last year. Because Farrah was born with a rare condition, she had a prosthetic leg fitted and required the assistance of a walking aid.

“Following a risk assessment and some adaptations to the playroom Farrah was able to be included and join in all the activities with her class mates and reach her full potential.”

Sharon explains that from the outset all the staff at Sure Start in Strabane were inspired by Farrah’s courage and determination.

“Farrah just got on with things,” explained Sharon.

“Her ability increased so much that by the end of the school term and against all the odds, Farrah was able to walk unaided.

“There is no doubt that Farrah is the perfect candidate for this award,” continued Sharon.

“She ticked all these boxes. She is an inspiration to everyone, proving that self-belief, determination and a ‘can do‘ approach will take you a long way and help you achieve your dream.”

Farrah will receive the Barnardos Young Achiever of the Year award at the event ceremony which takes place next month in London. She will be accompanied by her parents and Sharon.

Speaking to the Chronicle Farrah’s mum Ciara says her little girl is ‘buzzing’ since hearing she has won this very special award.

“We are all over the moon,” said Ciara. “Farrah is so excited and we are all looking forward to the event.”

Ciara thanked Sharon for nominating her daughter and added that Farrah is doing brilliantly.

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