Terri braves pain to collect award

PUBLISHED: 13:41 11 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:01 03 March 2010

Terri really is a child of courage.

Fighting through the pain, Terri Calvesbert has today won another remarkable battle in her determination to lead a full life.

Terri really is a child of courage.

Fighting through the pain, Terri Calvesbert has today won another remarkable battle in her determination to lead a full life.

She is travelling to London today, to collect a national award despite a last-minute health scare.

Five-year-old Terri was struck down by a soaring temperature and a swollen and immovable wrist on Monday, the Evening Star can reveal.

Doctors at Ipswich Hospital initially wanted to admit her for a few days, but when they saw how excited she was about her trip to collect a Children of Courage award from a star-studded ceremony organised by Woman's Own magazine at Westminster Abbey, they eventually decided she could go.

Her dad Paul, 27, of Whitton, Ipswich, said: "It was touch and go and one point.

"Terri woke up on Monday morning, and her right wrist was swollen and it wouldn't move.

"Her temperature was up to 39 degrees.

"We thought she had broken her wrist at first, but the doctors examined it and said 'no' it wasn't that. It turned out the skin must have had a minute scratch, and an infection had got in and developed.

"The doctors would have liked her to stay in hospital, but in the circumstances they changed their minds.

"She's due back on Friday so they can review it, and then she'll have to stay in hospital if the infection hasn't subsided."

After spending Monday in hospital, Terri returned home at about 5pm, and her temperature soon went back to normal.

Today her wrist is still inflamed and won't move, and Paul admitted: "She's still not one hundred per cent. We are keeping an eye on her."

But despite her pain, Terri is battling on, and today she couldn't stop chatting about catching the train to London.

She and her family set off to Chelmsford this morning, to pick up Broomfield Hospital nurse Jo Gregory who nominated Terri for the awards, which honour youngsters who are special for various different reasons.

From there the party took the train to London, where the awards ceremony will take place tomorrow, along with a sightseeing tour of the capital for the winners.

Terri's grandparents Michael and Margaret Calvesbert, and Dave and Sue Minter will also attend.

The ten winning children are all featured in the Christmas special edition of Woman's Own – now out in the shops.

At Christmas, Chat magazine is also telling the story of Terri's determination through adversity. Terri suffered 85 per cent burns in a house fire in November 1998.

The Evening Star co-operated with Woman magazine to tell her story in November 1999, and now Chat and Woman's Own, will spread the word about Terri further.

It is hoped this may prompt more donations to boost the Star's Terri Calvesbert Appeal, which originally set out to raise £5,000 for her future needs – and has now topped £85,000.

Donations have already flooded in from across the world, as our stories charting the landmarks in Terri's life have been featured in the paper, and on the Evening Star website at

To make a donation, send a cheque payable to the Terri Calvesbert Appeal, to Geraldine Thompson, Editor's Secretary, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1AN.

Half the proceeds from the Co-op's 977 Christmas divi number campaign will also go towards the fund.

The other half will go to our appeal for this year, the Vicky Hall memorial project. Donations can be sent to the same address as stated above.

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