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Monday, 21 April 2014

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Brave Cumbria girl Katie up for Evening Mail award

A YOUNG Cumbria girl who bravely deals with a severe dairy allergy and the bad reactions it has brought has been nominated to be one of the Evening Mail Christmas Stars.

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COURAGEOUS Katie Henderson, who suffers from a severe dairy and egg allergy, with mum Helen Colwill JON GRANGER REF: 50056639B000

Other nominations:
Brave Barrow boy fought back from the brink
Three-year-old Walney girl with hole in her heart ‘an inspiration to us all’
Caring and creative Barrow girl is supporting hospice
Courageous Barrow boy is so loving
Kind Ulverston girl Madeline cares for mum
Caring Barrow girl baked hundreds of charity cakes
Barrow boy inspired to help others
Football-loving Barrow boy Ryan took 18 hours of surgery in his stride
Young carers from Barrow show great courage
Doctors amazed by Barrow boy Ethan’s progress
Bubbly Barrow girl Casey, four, is ‘the most adorable little girl in the world’
Generous Barrow boy Jake gives up his toys for others
Brave Jessica is nominated as a true Christmas star in Barrow

At seven months Katie Henderson was diagnosed with a severe dairy and egg allergy which is potentially life threatening.

The five-year-old, of Broughton, cannot eat any foods with even a trace of egg or dairy in as it makes her extremely ill and could lead to anaphylactic shock. Katie has allergy tests annually at the hospital. She cannot go out without antihistamine syrup and EpiPens.

Her family have to check the ingredients on every single thing as dairy and egg can be found in a lot of unexpected food. It is too risky for the family to go out for a meal or for Katie to go to another child’s house for tea as a mistake could be life threatening. At children’s parties Katie’s mum, Helen Colwill, has to prepare her a special picnic.

Katie had two severe reactions this year, at home when she had to go to hospital and on holiday in Spain. Miss Colwill said: “Katie is incredibly brave when she has a reaction. Despite her breathing being affected, severe vomiting and a head-to-toe scarlet rash that makes her itch until she bleeds, she doesn't cry or feel sorry for herself. Usually, it's me crying because of the worry of her condition but Katie is always so brave.

“I have to attend parties with her so I can watch her at the food table and make sure other children don’t touch her food. She cannot go off to friends’ houses for tea like other children because of the risk. She is also allergic to chlorine so cannot go swimming like her friends. Despite missing out on things like advent calendars and Easter eggs her brother can have she never complains but accepts that's how things are.”

The Evening Mail has teamed up with Heath’s Toymaster in Barrow to find the area’s most inspirational boy and girl who have shown great courage or selflessness. Our Christmas Stars will win a visit from Father Christmas, along with a host of festive gifts. Christmas Stars nominations are open to children up to 13.

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