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31 January 2024

Lily-Mae nominated for three Yorkshire Choice Awards

by Dave Nichols

DOTS Lily Mae West fundraiser lemonade stand 2

Lily-Mae West, eight, who overcame her own horrific injuries to support other children, has been nominated in three categories in this year’s Yorkshire Choice Awards.

Lily-Mae broke 15 bones in her skull in a freak zorbing accident while on holiday with her family last year. She was treated at Leeds Children’s Hospital where her and her family were given emotional and practical help by Day One.

To give back to the charity and hospital staff, Lily-Mae organised a lemonade stand outside her grandma’s house and set up an online donation – raising £2,000. She went on to be presented with a certificate and badge during an assembly at Outwood Primary Academy Lofthouse Gate, and praised for her efforts by Mayor of Wakefield Councillor Josie Pritchard during a special ceremony at Wakefield Town Hall. Day One also recognised her efforts by awarding her with the Young Fundraiser Award in December.

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Lily-Mae has now been nominated in three categories in the Yorkshire Choice Awards - Inspirational Individual, Local Fundraiser, and Outstanding Courage. The prestigious awards recognise unsung heroes and businesses from across the region who have made a difference.

It’s now down to a public vote, and we’re encouraging everyone to get behind Lily-Mae and help her win. To nominate is free, but you can only vote once from one IP address.

To vote for Lily-Mae visit

Lily Mae Day One T shirt web small

“We are all so proud of Lily-Mae and what she has achieved. All the fundraising and giving back to the hospital was her idea and led by her. She’s shown outstanding courage to get through everything and turn a negative experience into a positive. We would be super grateful if people would vote for her.”

Katie West, Lily-Mae's mum

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