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LIVING: GOLDEN W WONDERS.

Byline: CHARLOTTE WARD

WHETHER it be their battle against illness, bravery in the face of fortitude or dedication to their local community here are the Wonderkids who touched our hearts.

Over the past year the Sunday Mercury has paid homage to 12 children in the Midlands who have overcome the odds with their courage and bravery.

And this year, for the first time, we introduced a group award which was presented to class six at Copper Perry Primary School in Seighford, near Stafford, after they devoted their spare time to help the elderly in their community.

To celebrate each child's achievement we presented them with a gold medal and a cheque for pounds 150 from our friends at Birmingham Midshires at a special Christmas party on Friday.

With a children's characters theme, the party at the NEC was packed with favourite's such as Alice in Wonderland, Dennis the Menace and Snow White.

It was a dream come true for our Wonderkids who enjoyed a free funfair, stiltwalkers, clowns, balloon artists and lots of yummy party food.

The day was a welcome treat for little Jasmine Page, four, who has battled a rare condition called Kawasaki Disease for the past seven months.

Over the last few months the pretty tot has often been left feeling tired and withdrawn as the condition and its treatment took its toll.

But on Friday she was the life and soul of the party as she jumped up and down excitedly and smiled with delight.

Mum Saundra said: 'I've not seen her this excited in ages. This is the happiest I've seen her since she's been ill. She wasn't even this ecstatic on her birthday! It's lovely to see her having so much fun.'

Eight-year-old Christopher Wright, who suffers from severe autism was also giggling with delight as he enjoyed ride after ride on the carousel.

Mum Beate said: 'He had a great time. It was a wonderful day.'

Sunday Mercury host Bob Haywood said: 'The kids had amazing stories of courage and bravery. It was a magical experience to give something back to them and see them looking so happy.'

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HAVING A BALL... Luke Clift on the gallopers and (right) Robert Plotnek dodges about with Mercury man Bob Haywood; PLAYTIME... Daisy Simkiss goes for a ride with the Mercury's Zoe Hudson and (right) Jasmine Page celebrates; AUTOGRAPH HUNTER... Sarah Louise Buggins grabs a signature from Wolves' legend Steve Bull; WINNERS... Asta O'Neill with her front page and (right) some of the class from Cooper Perry Primary School; CELEBRATING... Rosie Simkiss, Shaun Clift and Kirsty Millerchip enjoying themselves at the party; WOW WHAT A DAY... Christopher Wright and his mother Beate have a whale of a time on the gallopers; MEDALALIST... little Charley Beardes holds on tight to her award
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Dec 15, 2002
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