Welwyn Garden City teen to feature in TV special for Children in Need

PUBLISHED: 16:07 24 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:07 24 October 2017

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 your screens this Sunday in aid of BBC Children in Need.

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

The former Stanborough School pupil will join Matt Baker on BBC One 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.

Georgia said: “The support that I have had from the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust has given me the chance to gain my independence back and enjoy some fantastic trips with other young people who have been through similar experiences, so I don’t need to ask for help, we just help each other naturally.

“It has been a great experience to take part in The Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need.

“My highlight was taking on the abseil at the end of the walk, it was really exciting.”

Matt Baker added: “Every year of the Countryfile Ramble it’s incredible to meet inspiring young people and join them as they take on one of their biggest challenges, so it has been a real pleasure to be able to meet Georgia and join her on an exhilarating journey as she conquered Dartmoor.

“She showed true strength as we battled our way over the hills and I urge everyone to tune in and watch Georgia’s remarkable achievement.”

Georgia’s mum Jane Ormrod, 53, said: “The trips have done so much for Georgia’s confidence and helped her to make friends.

“School was a difficult time because of what she was going through, she was very different from everyone else.

“I am so proud of her and I want to thank the charity for giving her these opportunities.

“I’d encourage everyone to donate what they can to Children in Need because they really do help people.

“The families are also affected by this illness and Georgia’s 18-year-old sister Tasha found it very distressing.”

Georgia now uses her free time to volunteer in Cancer Research UK in Howardsgate, which is currently raising money for Stand Up To Cancer by collecting donations in store.

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