A misbehaving Sutton schoolgirl whose sick baby brother inspired her to turn her life around has been nominated for an award.
Natalie Hill was so touched by the plight of her brother and other ill children that she ended up having her waist-length crowning glory cut to provide real hair wigs for young people who have lost their locks though cancer treatment.
Now the 15-year-old has made a trim entry into the Bakkavor Desserts Young People of the Year (YOPEY) competition in Nottinghamshire,
Natalie, of Priestsic Road, was nominated by Mary Rutter, a governor at Sutton Community Academy.
Mary said that Natalie went through a troubled time at school. Two years ago Natalie was involved in some minor anti-social behaviour. She was disrespectful and uncooperative and hostile to teachers, and verbally and physically aggressive to some boys. Her schoolwork suffered.
Her baby brother Kourosh, was born premature, with a hole in the heart, undeveloped lungs and feeding difficulties. He is constantly on oxygen and has to be fed directly into the stomach by a tube.
“The birth of her brother was a real turning point for Natalie,” said Mary. “She wanted him to be proud of her and that encouraged her to start improving at school.”
Visiting Kourosh in hospitals meant that she got to know the families of other children who were ill and that had an effect on her.” Natalie said: “I went from being annoying and acting silly to someone who is now respected by others. I hope I’m a good role model.”