A CHILD battling back against Leukaemia has won a national Cancer Research bravery award.

Micky Bennett, 11, from Basildon, is now in remission after being diagnosed with rare and aggressive, T Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in July but he will remain in isolation over Christmas following a bone marrow transplant from his father, Dave.

Mum Lisa Hicks nominated him for the Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens Star Award for always staying upbeat and positive and always thinking of ways to help other children with cancer, despite his own fight.

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Buddies - Micky alongside grime artist Stomzy 

Lisa, 40, from Basildon, said: “Micky has always been an amazing kid, before he was diagnosed he gave up his time to help children with additional needs and he would always stand up for anyone who was being bullied.

“He is so strong, positive and brave. Before his illness he achieved so much in his motocross – he was second place in Britain and seventh place in the world. Since his diagnosis his head has been in race mode to beat cancer.

“A lot of people have come forward to help him and now he’s determined to give something back. He wants to help children who are diagnosed in the future and he’s trying to organise things to cheer up all of the other young patients.

“We are very proud of him, and also proud of all of the children we’ve met on this ward. They are all incredible. I have been amazed by all of them.”

Micky’s family are encouraging others to nominate young cancer patients for the awards as they say receiving the trophy gave Micky a real boost.

Cancer research spokesman Danielle Glavin, said: “Everyone who’s read Micky’s story has taken him to their hearts. He is such a kind-hearted and caring boy. He really is a true star.

“So we’re calling on people to follow Micky’s mum’s lead and to nominate inspirational youngsters for this year’s Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens Star Awards so that we can recognise their incredible courage as well.”

To nominate a child for an award, visit cruk.org/kidsandteens.