Posthumous award for brave teenager

Andy Simpson, of Doncaster Refurnish presents Hannah Brown's family with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Doncaster Superkids 2014. Picture: Andrew Roe
Andy Simpson, of Doncaster Refurnish presents Hannah Brown's family with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Doncaster Superkids 2014. Picture: Andrew Roe

The final award of the evening – Outstanding Achievement – went posthumously to a brave teenager who inspired all of those around her.

The award, sponsored by furniture retailer, Doncaster Refurnish, was presented by it’s chief executive officer Andy Simpson, to Hannah Brown.

Hannah, who died in October this year was only 17, and was diagnosed with a brain tumour last February, but that did not stop her setting about leaving a £50,000 charity legacy.

She dedicated the last few months of her life to fundraising for a charity, which helps fund research into a cure for the disease.

After chemotherapy and radiotherapy she was told the tumour was incurable, but undeterred she remained as optimistic as ever and continued with her fundraising. Her catchphrase was: “I am a warrior not a worrier.”

The Ash Hill Academy pupil sat and passed two GCSE exams in hospital the day after having brain surgery.

Despite undergoing treatment and enduring countless operations, the inspirational teenager continued her studies and sporting activities.

She played for Doncaster Belles U16s and won numerous titles with Pilkington Recreation Bowling Club, including finishing runner-up in the South Yorkshire Juniors Crown Green Bowls Tournament the day after her diagnosis.

A tennis player, Hannah also qualified for the All England Junior ladies Final and made the finals of the All England Senior Mixed Doubles.

Her family and friends have vowed to continue to raise money to hit her target and the fund currently stands at £46,000. All the money raised will go to PACT – a support group for families whose children have cancer.

In an emotional closing speech her a family member said: “Hannah was selfless and wanted to raise awareness for others. She called her tumour Timmy the Tumour. Hannah set an example for others and the word inspirational is often said about her. She was more worried about the people she would leave behind.”

They added: “She had a great sense of humour. She was the Belles number 28 and that number has now been withdrawn in recognition of her. It will never be worn in the Doncaster Belles team again. She will be missed by us all.”