‘Youth in a million’ Ollie nominated for Kids Are Alright Challenge 2011 after art success

WISBECH teenager Ollie Hutton has become the final January nominee as competition for The Kids Are Alright Challenge 2011 title hots up.

The 17-year-old, who suffers from Spina Bifida, has recently had his first piece of art exhibited at the University of East Anglia.

Despite countless operations, Ollie passed his GCSEs and is now at Peterborough Regional College studying for a BTEC in Art and Design.

Julie Hutton, Ollie’s mum, said: “Ollie always puts other people before himself and he really is a youth in a million.

“His motto is ‘don’t let the world get at you’ and he certainly follows that to the utmost. He’s an example to everyone.”

Ollie was born with Spina Bifida, a disease which severely limits his mobility. But the condition has not prevented him from achieving artistic success and contributing in his community.

The teenager has also helped to train handlers at dog agility classes across Fenland for several years.

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Mrs Hutton said: “All parents are proud of their children but I feel particularly proud of how he simply gets on with life despite problems, setbacks and health issues.”

The list of January’s nominees is now complete, with Emma Butler, Brandon Mattless, Lauren Wymer and Ollie Hutton all in the frame for the monthly prize. The winner will be revealed in next week’s paper.

To nominate a youth group or individual fill in the coupon on the Kids Are Alright section of our website. Alternatively, e-mail robert.setchell@archant.co.uk - put Kids Are Alright in the message line and be sure to include your contact details.

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