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Last Updated: Wednesday March 25 2009 06:35 GMT

I'm a Children's Champion

Cameron with Tupele Dorgu and Helen Flanagan from Coronation Street

Press Packer Cameron suffers from a rare illness that has seen him in and out of hospital for most of his life.

He decided to try and make stays at hospital better for other children by fundraising for games and equipment for wards.

Earlier this month he won a News of the World Children's Champion Award, spending a whirlwind few days in London meeting celebrities and even the Prime Minister.

Here's his story.


"I have a very rare blood illness called Evans Syndrome and I have been through years of tough and harsh treatments. I've visited Pendlebury Children's Hospital over 800 times as both an in and outpatient.

Raising money

When I was four I started fundraising to equip the wards at the hospital with TVs, computers and games, laptops, books, and all other types of games and equipment.

I have now raised over £85,000 with my family's help. I have done runs, walks, talks, bingo nights, song and quiz nights, raffles and lots more.

Two years ago I started helping the new children's hospital appeal and have helped them raise over £18 million towards a £20 million target that we hope to reach by June this year.

Award winner!

Cameron's Award
Cameron's Award

I was very honoured to be nominated for a Children's Champions award and was amazed to find I had won one. The award I won was for the child who has done the most to help other children.

I went down to London with my family and to visit the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street where I received a certificate. It was fascinating to see inside the Prime Minister's house!

Later that day we went to the Grosvenor House Hotel for the award ceremony. It was an exciting night and I met lots of famous people, from Prince Andrew to Torvill and Dean.

Standing ovation

Cameron giving his acceptance speech.
Cameron giving his acceptance speech

My award was presented by Tupele Dorgu and Helen Flanagan from Coronation Street. I made an acceptance speech and got a standing ovation and was called back on stage to take a bow.

I really enjoyed meeting all the other award winners and hearing their amazing stories.

If you know any other child who is having treatment, or someone who has a brother or sister in hospital, please be especially nice to them as they might be feeling a little down."

Cameron, 10, Lancashire.


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