GOSH patient Rafe is a BBC Radio 1 Teen Hero Finalist

A patient at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), Rafe, is a Radio 1 Teen Hero finalist for 2017 and was recognised at the Radio 1 Teen Awards on Sunday 22 October. Last week, Rafe and his fellow ‘Teen Heroes’ were invited to a special reception at Kensington Palace to meet The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

Rafe's story

Rafe, 13, (pictured standing in front of Prince Harry) has received specialist care at GOSH since he was four years old, when he was diagnosed with a malignant, high grade brain tumour. He spent 15 months at GOSH, having lifesaving treatment including emergency operations and 33 sessions of radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Since finishing his cancer treatment, Rafe has had further operations and still attends GOSH for check-ups.

Determined to give something back and to help other children and young people cared for at GOSH, Rafe has since taken part in lots of fundraising activities for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Through organising ‘Bake it Better’ bake sales, and setting up a regular plant sale on his road, Rafe has raised almost £12,000. 

Despite the challenges he faces, Rafe is always thinking of others and when he was going through chemotherapy he would buy stickers for the other patients on the ward to help cheer them up.

“We are so proud of Rafe."

Rafe’s mum Cheryl, who is a nurse, says: “We are so proud of Rafe and we are thrilled that he has been recognised by the Radio 1 Teen Awards. Rafe has been through so much but he has always tried to help others, it’s very moving for us as a family. Although he needs quite a lot of help post treatment, fundraising has helped to improve his confidence, and he is known by all as ‘the boy who helps others.’”

Rafe says of his experiences: “Being in hospital has also made me want to look after other people and I am a St John Ambulance Cadet and Trainee Lifeguard too.”

Tim Johnson, Chief Executive at GOSH Charity added: “It’s wonderful to see Rafe being recognised by the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards for all that he has overcome and the huge difference he has made to other children and young people cared for at GOSH. To have raised almost £12,000 is simply fantastic, we are very grateful for Rafe’s support and thrilled for him and for his family too.”

Photo courtesy of BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards