Welwyn Garden City teen to appear on your screens this evening

Matt Baker and Georgia Ormrod. Picture supplied: BBC.

Matt Baker and Georgia Ormrod. Picture supplied: BBC.

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A Welwyn Garden City teenager who was left blind and mute after developing a brain tumour is appearing on TV this evening in aid of BBC Children in Need.

Georgia Ormrod, 19, of Hollybush, will be featuring in a special extended programme of Countryfile, The Countryfile Ramble, for BBC Children in Need (CIN) on BBC One.

The show, which starts at 6pm, follows the former Stanborough School pupil and Matt Baker as they take on the challenge of rambling across Dartmoor National Park.

Georgia has been supported by the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, which uses a grant from BBC CIN to provide sailing trips for children with cancer.

The youngster developed a brain tumour when she was just 11 years old in 2009, but by the time it was discovered it was already at a very late stage.

Georgia, who is now studying animal management in college, had to undergo an operation to remove it, which left her blind, mute and unable to control her body, meaning she had to learn how to walk again.

Luckily over time she learned how to walk again, her speech came back and she can now see, but sadly her hair never grew back after treatment.

The sailing trips have enabled Georgia, who has been cancer-free for six years now, to become more independent and have given her the opportunity to have fun with friends.

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