Ben Mills reports on the experience of an inspiring student


The Bravehearts of the North East awards are awarded to children across the North East who have been nominated by friends and family to recognise their bravery. They receive many applications each year for children aged 5-15 to become a Braveheart.

On Thursday 22nd November 2018, Connor Arnell (Year 10) was awarded the Braveheart Award at St. James Park. Connor was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia last year. He has dealt with his illness with maturity. His treatment has included intensive chemotherapy but he has also suffered some serious infections and blood clots resulting in him having time in intensive care.

Connor was given the award by Mike Williamson (ex Newcastle United player, now Gateshead Footballer) and Josef Craig (Multiple gold medal winning paralympian). Connor has been very courageous and has faced lots of challenges and as a school we should all be very proud of how strong he has been in the past several months.