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Friday, 31 October 2014

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National Against All Odds award for Cumbrian toddler Noah Wall

It was a fairytale day for an inspirational Abbeytown toddler, which culminated in a national bravery award.

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Noah Wall with, from left, Robert Wall, Shelly Wall, Jenny Frost and Danielle Lloyd

Noah Wall, who only celebrated his second birthday last week, made the special trip to the Dorchester Hotel, in London, accompanied by mum Shelly and dad Robert.

He was nominated in the national Mother & Baby awards for the title of baby ‘Against All Odds’ – and won.

Shelly told the News & Star: “It was such a shock to find out that Noah had been nominated for the award – when we were told and invited to London, I was just thrilled to bits.

“This award says a lot about how Noah defies the doctors and defies all the odds every single day. It was a very fitting award for him.”

Noah was diagnosed with spina bifida and hydrocephalus in the womb, and doctors predicted he would not survive birth. Despite being paralysed from the chest down and with just two per cent of his brain functioning, he has gone on to astound medical professionals almost daily.

He and his mum are now seen as ambassadors in the battle to raise awareness of the importance of taking folic acid three months before pregnancy.

Dressed in his own miniature waistcoat suit and his hair quiffed up, Noah enchanted hotel staff and the various celebrities at the awards including Imogen Thomas, Jenny Frost and Danielle Lloyd.

The judges chose Noah for the award, sponsored by Mothercare, describing him as “a truly amazing little boy”.

The Wall family were joined by Fi Star-Stone, founder of online phenomenon Childcare is Fun, who nominated Noah.

After a day being wined, dined and treated like royalty at Monday’s awards ceremony, Shelly said the manager on their Virgin Rail train home provided the icing on the cake.

“He was asking about Noah’s toys – which he’d been given – and we explained about the award,” she recalled. “He then told us to turn around, because we were going to travel first class.

“We were waited on hand-and-foot and then the man produced a bottle of red wine, and told us it was for the next night, with Virgin’s compliments.

“It was an amazing end to a beautiful, wonderful day.”

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