My nephew Patrick who is 15, has overcome many difficulties in his life. He was born 70% deaf. Through The Elizabeth Foundation in Portsmouth he learned to speak and with the addition of hearing aids he attends mainstream school. He suffered mild epilepsy when he was very young. Unfortunately over the past 18 months this has become more serious and he has suffered major seizures. This is now controlled by medication. Patrick also has degenerative eye sight and has only a few months ago declined any surgery as the risk of further damage is too high. This was a decision he made for himself. Throughout his life he has never moaned excessively about constant hospital appointments and tests and has borne everything with good grace. He is a very kind hearted boy and raises money for good causes quite regularly, making things and selling them to school friends etc. he loves dancing and choreography and has starred in many of his school shows and dancing school events. Over the years he has been bullied by less understanding children, but has remained a cheerful and happy boy. This year he has taken GCSE exams, something that his teachers thought he would never achieve due to being statemented because of his difficulties. I feel that he is an inspiration to all who suffer difficulties in their lives as Patrick has never given up. What a proud moment it would be for his parents if he was chosen to be a torchbearer.