National – and Royal - recognition for “amazing” Hayley
Hayley Cassin (15), who has cerebral palsy diplegia and a displaced hip as well as other complex medical needs, was picked from hundreds of nominations from across the UK to win an Inspirational Young Person title in the WellChild awards 2023, which celebrate the inspirational qualities of seriously ill children.
The sporty teen helped raise £100,000 through singing for a charity choir and plays wheelchair basketball for the Sheffield Steelers and wheelchair rugby for team GB’s development team, Leicester Tigers and Yorkshire Lions.
The WellChild Awards ceremony was attended by high profile guests including Prince Harry the Duke of Sussex who spoke to Hayley at great length about wheelchair rugby.
The year 11 student at Wickersley School – who has previously said: “I’m not disabled, I’m differently abled” - was nominated by mum Susan.
The proud parent said: “I’m in awe of her. Hayley is an amazing and child who always promotes wellbeing.
“She has pushed through so much adversity, and she oozes positivity, fun and encouragement.”
The awards event, which was streamed live by Hello Magazine, saw Hayley receive her award from journalist and presenter Seema Jaswal and sports broadcaster Ed Chamberlin.
She also met celebrities including actor Tom Felton, Girls Aloud's Nadine Coyle, and McFly musician Danny Jones.
A spokesperson for Wickersley School said: “Well done Hayley – we are very proud of you.”