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Selfless Laura is her gran's best pal; FANTASTIC SUMMER POPS DATE FOR THE TEENAGERS YOU NOMINATED FOR OUR SPECIAL TREAT.

SIXTH former Laura Stocks may be busy studying for her AS levels, but that does not stop her going to bingo with her grandmother.

The 17-year-old has helped care for gran Hilda Stocks since an operation in 2003 left her in a wheelchair.

Added to this, the Birkenhead High scholarship student is a volunteer young leader for the Rainbows and has had to battle back from Crohn's disease that attacked her as she studied for her GC-SEs as well as bullying at school.

Laura was nominated for the Top of the Teens competition by her mother Elaine.

Elaine, from Wallasey, said: "I know as her mother I may be biased, but I genuinely don't know of a more deserving winner.

"She's been a tower of strength to us over the last four years, she rarely complains and brightens the lives of everyone she meets."

Laura, who hopes to either become a doctor or a primary school teacher, said: "I didn't know mum had entered me in the competition so it was a big surprise.

"I help with my gran, making dinner or going for a walk with her. I sometimes go to bingo if I don't have youth group, and I've even won, although only chocolates."

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 2, 2007
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