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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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Three-year-old Walney girl with hole in her heart ‘an inspiration to us all’

A BRAVE little girl from Walney who never stops smiling has been nominated for a Christmas Star award.

Other nominations:
Brave Barrow boy fought back from the brink
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
Brave Cumbria girl Katie up for Evening Mail award
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

Rosa McDonald, three, of Strathaird Avenue, has a hole in her heart and has spent much of her young life going in and out of hospital with a wide range of health problems.

Rosa has been diagnosed with HSP, a condition which affects the blood vessels and may require surgery in the new year.

Despite that, according to proud auntie Sharon Simons, Rosa never complains and is always “such a happy little girl” who is an inspiration to those around her.

Miss Simons said: “She’s a strong little character, she’s only three years old but she’s had one problem after another.

“She’s constantly in and out of hospital and she never ever complains and she just cracks on with it every day.

“She’s lovely, she’s dead bubbly and when she’s poorly she doesn’t moan, and when she’s in hospital she doesn’t moan. She’s an inspiration to us all really.”

Rosa, who turns four tomorrow , is also an avid dancer with the Imperial School of Dance in Highfield Road, Barrow.

Last week she performed with dozens of other dancers as they performed to a packed audience at the Forum in the group’s annual charity Dance Krazy spectacular.

Miss Simons said: “If she won she’d be absolutely over the moon. She doesn’t know that I’ve nominated her, but she’s such a happy little soul.”

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.

Nominees have included young carers, fundraisers or children who have battled with health problems or disabilities. Our two Christmas Stars will win a visit from Father Christmas and a host of festive gifts.

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