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David Cameron's award for Lisburn teenager who raised £130k

By Victoria O'Hara

An inspirational teenager battling a brain tumour has spoken of her delight in winning a national prize for her tireless efforts to raise £130,000 for charity.

Danielle McGriskin from Lisburn was named a 'Point of Light' winner by Prime Minister David Cameron last week.

The Points of Light award recognises outstanding individuals - people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.

The 18-year-old was diagnosed with a benign tumour in 2011, has been campaigning ever since and has gone on to help others by her ongoing charity work.

On March 6 she revealed that her hard work had been acknowledged and had been awarded the prestigious honour. "What a great day! I've just received this tweet by Prime Minister David Cameron to let me know that he has awarded me with the Points of Light award, after being nominated by a member of the community," she wrote on Twitter.

The Prime Minister said: "Danielle's positivity and eagerness to help those in the same position as her is admirable. I am delighted to name her a Point of Light."

She received her award on Bandanas for Brain Tumours Day when thousands of people across the country were wearing a bandana to show their support for the Brain Tumour Charity as part of Brain Tumour Awareness Month.

Danielle also went on to thank those who supported her over the last four years.

"Thank you to everyone who has supported my fundraising and awareness raising of brain tumours.

"Without your support I could not have achieved this without you."

A former winner of the Belfast Telegraph Making the Difference Awards in 2013, she set up the Danielle McGriskin Fund in 2012 after being diagnosed with the low grade brain tumour and hydrocephalus (water on the brain) caused by the tumour.

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