We recently launched the search to find a special young person to switch on the town’s Christmas lights and we’ve found a very special and deserving winner – Evie-Grace Abbott.
Charnwood Borough Council and the Loughborough Echo joined forces to run the competition for the second year-running and we were thrilled to receive over 30 entries.
All the entries were worthy contenders which made it difficult to choose a winner.
Entries included little ones who were very kind and generous, some who are facing tough personal circumstances and others who had raised money for charity.
However, it was nine-year-old Evie-Grace, who was chosen by the judging panel including Echo editor Andy Rush and council representatives
The panel were impressed by Evie-Grace’s care and compassion for her younger brother Freddy who has had multiple health conditions since birth.
Four-year-old Freddy is registered partially sighted, has hearing loss and an allergy to milk protein.
Parents Hannah and Tom who nominated Evie-Grace say that despite their best efforts, she sometimes misses out on things due to Freddy’s health conditions and the need to attend many hospital appointments.
They said Evie-Grace has never complained once and takes it all in her stride while still being a loving sister to Freddy. Evie-Grace loves dancing, pop music and theatre.
Tom said: “We’re incredibly proud of Evie-Grace, who is the most amazing, kind and caring daughter and sister to Freddy we could ever asked for.
“We have quite a busy family life and the combination of caring for Freddy and attending his hospital appointments means that sometimes Evie-Grace has to miss out on doing some of the things she would love to do.
“She never moans or complains about it and she shows so much love and is so caring towards Freddy, it’s amazing to see.
“We’re really pleased that she’s been chosen as this year’s winner. This is our way of saying ‘thank you’ for being such as selfless child and to give her the most amazing day she could wish for.”
BBC Radio Leicester’s Jo and Ady Dayman, who visited Evie-Grace at school to break the news that she will be switching on this year’s lights.
The youngster said she was very much looking forward to switching the lights on and meeting this year’s panto cast.
Sylvia Wright, head of leisure and culture said: “We received so many wonderful entries this year and it was once again difficult for the panel to choose a winner.
“We were really touched by Evie-Grace’s story and felt that this would be a great opportunity to reward her for being so kind and caring to her younger brother.
“I hope Evie-Grace enjoys this very special treat.”
Andy Rush, editor at the Echo said: “Evie-Grace thoroughly deserves the honour. Such a selfless young lady."
The Loughborough Christmas light switch-on will take place in the Market Place on Sunday November 24 between 10am-7pm.