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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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Story of brave Cumbrian youngster used to inspire children in Wales

The tale of a brave Cumbrian youngster will soon be inspiring young people at a Welsh school.

Noah Wall photo
Noah Wall

Little Noah Wall was born with hydrocephalus and spina bifida, but was so seriously ill in the womb that his parents Shelly and Robert were warned he would not survive birth.

Since then, the youngster has gone from strength-to-strength and in March will celebrate his second birthday.

His mum has now set up #hugsfornoah which aims to raise awareness of the importance of taking folic acid three months before falling pregnant.

This can help reduce the chances of the foetus being born with spina bifida.

Shelly, of Abbeytown, has held dances, sold charity items, raised cash to adapt their home for Noah and raised awareness.

Her message has even spread to Wales, where teacher Emma Davies read about Noah via Twitter.

Emma, who works at St Martin’s School, in Caerphilly, near Cardiff, said: “As part of the child development GCSE syllabus, pupils need to know the importance of folic acid to reduce the risk of spina bifida.

“They also need to know what spina bifida is.”

She continued: “I’ll be using Noah’s story to promote the use of folic acid, and forpupils to see what life is like for a spina bifida child.”

Emma said she had contacted Shelly to ask permission to share Noah’s Facebook page and story, as she prefers to teach “real life” rather than relying on textbooks.

Shelly said: “It’s fantastic that these people in Wales will be learning about Noah.”

The Wall family were the focus of BBC television house makeover show DIY SOS.

The programme chose the family as their community Big Build, but they have had to keep the results under wraps until the show is aired.

Shelly has now been told it is likely to be shown next month.

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