A LOXWOOD teenager who set up her own charity won the Stagecoach Theatre Arts Young Citizens Award.
Megan Bhari, 16, was presented with the award by Nigel Lindsay at the Theatre Royal in London on November 28.
The awards, launched last year at the House of Commons, are organised by Stagecoach Theatre Arts, the world’s largest network of part-time children’s performing arts schools.
They were established to recognise, acknowledge and reward young people from all walks of life who have either faced adversity, demonstrated bravery, shown courage, cared for others and proved they are good role models for young people.
Meg, recently featured in the County Times, has been seriously ill and in constant pain since her mum, Jean, was unable to wake her one morning in 2008.
She has endured 23 operations, is unable to lie down and has to spend each night sitting upright, yet she has remained positive and focused.
She formed her own charity called Believe in Magic, which brings magic to the lives of other seriously ill children.
She designed and built the website, organised a children’s party at Hamleys, set up a national raffle, and has more than 6,000 followers on her Twitter page.
Stagecoach called her a ‘truly inspirational young lady’.
Stephanie Manuel, Stagecoach’s co-founder, said: “The winners of these awards are the unsung heroes of today.
“Stagecoach has been both inspired and humbled by the achievements of these remarkable young people.
“Indeed, it is a great honour for Stagecoach to be able to mark their achievements and on behalf of Stagecoach Theatre Arts; I would like to offer all this year’s winners my best wishes for the future.”
Members of the cast of Shrek the Musical joined this year’s winners at the presentation, which was followed by a special questions and answers session with members of the cast.
Nigel Lindsay, who stars as Shrek and who presented this year’s awards, said: “These young people have displayed enormous courage and endurance. They are all young heroes and deserve special recognition.”
The winners went on to see a performance of the hit West End show, with Nigel starring as Shrek.
For further details about the Stagecoach Theatre Arts Awards visit www.stagecoachawards.co.uk