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This area is dedicated to the young people in Hatley, one of whom has devised a special prize quiz .

We've also listed details of the national Connexions service, which offers careers advice, guidance and information for 13 to 19 year olds.

Several local libraries are Connexions bases you'll be able to get help with choosing courses and find details of training opportunities, work experience, special needs, CV preparation, job search, interview techniques and, for 16-19 year olds, a job vacancy service.


Help James help himself and other children

James-OllerenshawHi, I'm James.  I'm 14 and I live in East Hatley.

For four weeks over Easter I wasn't able to eat any food at all and wasn't able to drink anything but boiled water and an amino-acid liquid formula (which tastes really gross by the way!) because the doctors think that the illness I have may be caused by an allergy in my gut.  At the end of four weeks with no food, I was allowed to eat plain chicken and rice, but unfortunately still have to drink the formula.

The idea is to introduce foods slowly and try to find out which one(s) I'm allergic to.  So far I've not got past the chicken and rice, as I tried potato and then got ill again.

I had the idea of getting people to sponsor me and giving the money to charity.  The Dream Factory grants wishes for children with life-limiting illnesses and I thought it might be a good idea to give the money to them!

Knowing that people have sponsored me has really helped me to keep going when the going has got tough and I am surrounded by people eating things – like all that yummy chocolate at Easter!

It's not too late to sponsor me if you'd like to.  And if you want to read more about The Dream Factory, just go to their website.

A piece on James also appeared in the Cambridge News on 28 April 2009.



Page updated 12 May 2010



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