Essex youngster meets royals after being nominated for Radio 1 Teen Award

Rafe Louis with other finalists at Kensington Palace with Princes William and Harry. Picture: BBC RA

Rafe Louis with other finalists at Kensington Palace with Princes William and Harry. Picture: BBC RADIO 1 - Credit: Archant

A teenager from Essex has been nominated for a national BBC award.

Rafe Louis, from Hatfield Peverel, is a finalist in the 2017 Radio 1 Teen Awards.

Rafe was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour when he was only four years old. As a result he spent 15 months receiving treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

Eight years later, despite having his tumour removed, he still receives treatment to help with side effects.

The teenager was nominated for the award because of his tireless fundraising efforts. Whilst still undergoing chemotherapy himself Rafe bought stickers to help cheer up other patients on the ward.


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Since then he has raised £12,000 through plant and cake sales as a way of thanking the hospital for the care he received.

Rafe now hopes to become a paramedic when he grows up and is already a St John’s Ambulance cadet and trainee lifeguard.

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