Eleven-year-old Phoebe Maddison from North Swindon, who attends Isambard Community School, was diagnosed at age four with Type 1 Diabetes, but she hasn’t ever let it stand in her way.
In 2012 she starred in a programme that earned a Children’s BAFTA nomination, and won a bronze award for endeavour at the Stagecoach Theatre Arts Awards.
Last year, whilst a pupil at St Catherines Primary School, she continued her work to raise awareness of her condition by making a film, about the facts and myths surrounding diabetes, entering the work into a national competition run by Diabetes UK.
Phoebe’s film, ‘What Do You Really Know,’ was the overall winner for the Best Individual Film. Her prize was a GoPro camera and an Apple iMac and iPad for her former primary school.
St Catherine’s headteacher Andrew Henstridge said: “We’re so proud of everything that Phoebe has achieved and the way she approaches life with confidence and positivity.
“Winning the award for her film was recognition of the way in which Phoebe has lived with Type 1 diabetes but not letting it control her. She is a shining example to others in living life to the full and using her sparkling personality to ensure she is able to raise awareness and understanding of diabetes to a wide range of people.”
At the Pride of Swindon award presentation Phoebe said: “It’s simply amazing to be a Pride winner. I’ve heard about so many people doing wonderful things. I’m really proud to win the Brunel badge.”