BARNHAM teenager Tyler Murphy, 19, was presented with an award by Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert at a ceremony in the House of Commons on Monday evening (9 November).
The teen won a Highly Commended ‘Inspire the House’ award for his work in founding Tyler’s Trust, a charity which distributes gift boxes to children enduring lengthy periods in hospital.
Mr Herbert nominated the teen for Most Inspirational Young Person at the 9th Annual Kids Count Inspiration Awards Evening after meeting him last year.
Tyler’s Trust has so far gifted over 60 boxes to hospitalised children.
The Barnham resident has endured long stays in hospital himself, having battled through 16 operations for a brain tumour and his eyesight, during which he saw the joy small gifts could bring to those undergoing treatment.
Mr Herbert said: “I was inspired by Tyler when I met him, and that’s why I was so pleased to nominate him. He is a remarkable and brave young man.
“It is wonderful he has chosen to start a charity to help other young people and their families when he has been through so much himself.”
Tyler’s mother, Janice Ellis, expressed enormous pride at his achievements:“It was an immense honour to be invited to the House of Commons for Tyler to receive an award.
“He undertakes such fantastic work and to have that acknowledged by our MP is very special.
“Tyler really did us proud with the confidence and pleasure in his acceptance speech when receiving the award.”
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