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EDS teenager from Cambridge, Lucy Stafford, among winners of the Young People of the Year awards

Cambridge teenager Lucy Stafford was a winner at a glittering awards evening held to recognise the amazing achievements of young people across the county. She was one of the finalists honoured at the Lifeplus Cambridgeshire Young People of the Year (Yopey) awards ceremony – the Oscars for youngsters who help others. Held in the Old Divinity School, Cambridge, and hosted by young people from the city’s Long Road Sixth Form College, 17-year-old Lucy, from Hills Road, won the senior Yopey award.

Lucy has Ehlers Danlos syndrome, or EDS, which she has had from birth. It causes her digestive tract to fail and she is fed via a tube to her intestine. She suffers dislocations of her joints most days. But she helps other young people cope with long stays in hospital and particularly the ‘in-betweeners’ – the young people too old for children’s wards, and too young for adult wards, by creating ‘Hospital Love Bundles’ – goodie bags filled with essentials, like slipper socks, and little luxuries like chocolate bars.

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