Teenage rider with cancer receives Radio 1 award

  • A teenage rider with cancer has received a BBC Radio 1 award for her achievements.

    Fourteen-year-old Rosie Abbott, from Coventry, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour in 2012.

    Despite numerous operations, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, Rosie has continued riding and caring for her horse throughout her treatment.

    Rosie was named as a Radio 1 Teen Hero and collected the honour at the Teen Awards earlier this month (8 November) at Wembley Arena.

    She was nominated by riders at her yard, Hollyfast Meadows Central Equestrian, for her courage and fundraising efforts.

    She blows me away,” Rosie’s riding instructor Sally Baker told H&H.

    “This week she completed her first cross-country course — it’s something she’s always wanted to do, but has been set back by one thing and another and not being well enough.

    “She was absolutely awesome. I had goosebumps when I watched her I was so nervous.”

    Rosie’s family first got in touch with Sally three years ago when they needed help with a pony they had bought.

    The family had little experience with horses, but with Sally’s help Rosie and her older sister Megan have began entering competitions.

    “Rosie’s a cracking little rider now,” said Sally. “I’m very proud of her.”

    Rosie AbbottRosie owns Jackson (pictured right), a 14-year-old piebald cob, and he has helped the family through recent years.

    He has been there rock through good times and bad,” said Sally. “They come up to the yard twice a day, every day.

    “Rosie can have chemo one day and she will be back the next day.”

    Rosie has raised more than £17,000 for various charities that have helped her, including Teenage Cancer Trust, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, The Little Princess Trust, Make a Wish and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

    Earlier this year (20 March) Rosie was awarded the Child of Courage category at the Pride of Coventry and Warwickshire Awards.

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