Great Sankey pupil smiles amid the pain

Georgia Rankin

Georgia with Shaun Reid

First published in News

WITH a smile that lights up the room, you would not know the daily pain Great Sankey High School pupil Georgia Rankin has to put up with.

The 15-year-old has the rare condition skeletal dysplasia, which means she will never grow, but despite her disability her family and friends say she never lets it get her down.

Her tremendous courage inspired Warrington Town manager Shaun Reid to start an appeal before Christmas to raise enough cash to send Georgia on a dream holiday to Florida and go swimming with dolphins.

After touching many hearts, the Justgiving page collected more than £4,000 in a matter of weeks with Georgia now waiting to see the outcome of an operation on her hips in May before she can look at booking the trip with her family.

Georgia, who says her four-year-old brother Brody is now taller than her, said: “I was amazed and so happy when I found out what Shaun had planned.

“In the last year I’ve not been able to stand up or walk at all and I don’t know yet if my next operation will be able to help that.

“It’s been a bit rubbish as it affects everything like school work because it’s hard to concentrate when I’m in pain and even going out with my family as if you’re in pain you won’t feel as happy.

“I used to go horseriding and that was my life but I’ve had to stop that now because of my hips and I’m hoping if the operation works I can go back and do it again.”

Teaching assistants Leonie Gallagher and Allison Reid, who support Georgia during her time in school, say despite her condition the teenager, who has to shop for the smallest size in River Island’s children’s range, is always her bubbly self.

Shaun Reid added Georgia, who hopes to study photography and textiles at A Level, was a ‘special girl’ and he has been in shock how quickly supporters and residents in Warrington have rallied around to help.

He added: “My cousin’s wife Allison Reid works with Georgia on a daily basis and mentioned in passing what she’s been through.

“She is so infectious I have nothing but pure admiration for her.

“She’s the bravest little thing I have ever met in my life and her courage and attitude is unbelievable.

“It’s her strength that has touched me and the people of Warrington and everyone around the football club have been absolutely outstanding.”

Fundraising has not stopped there with Georgia’s teaching assistants planning to take part in a 5k run and the school planning a non-uniform day.

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