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Campaigning student nominated for national Young Citizen award

Posted on 15 December 2016

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A Leeds Trinity student with cerebral palsy has been nominated for an award for her work to raise awareness of her condition.

18-year-old Chloe Tear, from Otley, has been nominated for the 2017 Rotary Young Citizen Awards for her blog, Life as a Cerebral Palsy Student.

"I write a blog and help to run a charity because it is something I love to do," said Chloe. "I'm passionate about making a difference and do it without a thought of recognition – so to receive this is amazing. It is an unbelievable feeling to be nominated for a big national award, and it really does give me so much motivation to carry on what I am doing."

Chloe, who was born with mild Cerebral Palsy affecting her legs and left arm, began writing her blog three years ago, whilst at Prince Henry's Grammar School in Otley. She continued writing during the first year of her Psychology and Child Development degree at Leeds Trinity University and has amassed 25,000 views from all over the world.

"I had never met anyone who had Cerebral Palsy and was struggling to come to terms with my health deteriorating a great deal," said Chloe.

"I thought if I set up a blog I would be able to write everything down, which would help myself process what was happening, but also might find others who was experiencing the same thing.

"Similarly, I felt that not many people understood the concept of chronic pain or using a wheelchair part time (both things which I was new to at this time) and that I was still a teenager who wanted to have a good time."

In the last 12 months, Chloe has become the Head Ambassador for CP Teens UK, who provide support and friendship to young people with cerebral palsy and their families, and is the youngest person to become an honorary ambassador for her local town of Otley. She also received a National Diversity Award for being a positive role model and was 'Highly Commended' in the 'Most Inspirational Young Person' category at the Kids Count Inspiration Awards last month.

Through her blog, Chloe has also written for national publications and supported American author, Anne Eliot, to write a series of two books whose main character had cerebral palsy.

Chloe was nominated for the Rotary Young Citizens Awards by her local Rotary Club in Otley. Winners will receive a trophy and a prize of £500 for a charity of their choice, at the Rotary Annual Conference in Manchester in April 2017.

Talking about her time at Leeds Trinity, Chloe added: "I have met so many new people; people who are so supportive and amazing friends who even came to London with me to receive the Kids Count Award! I couldn't have asked for a better flat to live with, and with the help of my personal assistants I have achieved my goal of independence! The staff at Leeds Trinity have been great and very supportive throughout."

View Chloe's blog at www.cpstudentblog.blogspot.co.uk