Girl Guides honour Bea for brave leukaemia battle
An inspirational teenager who survived a serious form of cancer, has been given a rare Guiding award.
Bea Holman Brooks overcame a 28-month chemotherapy battle after she was diagnosed with acute lympho-blastic leukaemia in 2009, aged just 11.
The 15-year-old from Okehampton in West Devon was presented with The Star of Merit at Meldon Reservoir on Saturday for her courage and fortitude.
Bea said: "For two hours every Thursday I could lead a normal life. Guides opened up so many opportunities for me, including doing the Hurdlestone Challenge – an eight- mile competitive walk.
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"I've always tried to look on the bright side of life. But I couldn't have got through without the support of friends and family."
Nikki Furness, 1st Okehampton Guides and Rangers leader, said: "She never stopped smiling and laughing throughout her treatment.
"In 27 years with Guides and Rangers, I've never known anyone given the award."
During her illness, Bea raised £57,000 for charity CLIC Sargent alongside promotional work for blood donors.
Her mother, Helen Holman, said: "Despite everything she went through, Bea never let her illness get her down."
Bea missed three years of secondary school but is still on track to take her GCSEs this summer.