A brave young burns survivor, already seen by millions of TV viewers, will be helping to launch a new campaign by Skipton-based Principle Trust Children’s Charity as they relaunch their charity in a bid to offer more holidays for children.
Although just nine years old, Tilly Sawford has been through an incredible 350 operations for the fourth-degree burns she suffered to 86% of her body when falling into a bath of scalding water when aged just 15 months. Her brother had accidentally turned the hot tap on whilst playing in the bathroom.
Tilly, having recently had her leg amputated to alleviate her pain, first came to the attention of the charity after her appearance on ITV’s Love Your Garden.
The Principle Trust Children’s Charity
The charity’s Development Manager, Kate Dring, said “We wanted to do something special for Tilly and her family, especially after her amputation. Tilly is amazingly upbeat and positive and we wanted her to be one of the children featured by the charity to show how a holiday can help children and families.”
The Principle Trust Children’s Charity aims to improve the quality of life of children who are disadvantaged socially, physically, emotionally and as a result of extreme poverty. They also help children with additional difficulties such as long-term, life-limiting or terminal illness; disability; mental health issues; domestic violence; and overcrowding or inadequate housing.
At the time, Tilly’s inspirational Mum said “Principle Trust Children’s Charity have given us the chance to have a holiday together. Without them, this would not be possible. Tilly is excited and she will really enjoy the time out with the family during her ongoing treatment.”
As one of the only charities in the North of England which provides free holidays to children, they are bombarded with requests and referrals, meaning that many deserving families are being turned away.
Nominated for Pride of Britain Awards
Astounded by Tilly’s courage and her passion for helping others, Kate brought Tilly’s story to the attention of The Pride Of Britain Awards, for which she has been nominated for the Child Of Courage Award, along with just two other children. The winner will be announced in just over a weeks’ time so stay tuned for updates!
If you can help The Principle Trust Children’s Charity in their fundraising, or for further information, please contact Kate Dring on 01756 704782.