A WIDNES teenager has been honoured for his bravery at an awards ceremony hosted by Wire FM.
Barry Connolly, of Coulton Road, won the title of bravest youngster aged 16-20 at the 107.2 Wire FM Local Hero Awards ceremony held at the De Vere Daresbury Park Hotel.
Barry, 18, has suffered from epilepsy since the age of two, but at 14, his seizures grew more severe.
Now Barry has seizures every day and in September underwent a procedure where electrodes were implanted in his brain to try to see where the epilepsy was coming from.
Unfortunately, Barry's epilepsy stems from three different areas of the brain and for the moment there is no effective treatment for it and the illness has left him with very little short-term memory.
Despite his illness, Barry continued with school and is now at Widnes Sixth Form College studying part-time for a GNVQ in computing.
He was nominated for the award by the Kings Cross Project, based at Trinity Methodist Church, a support service for young people with problems like Barry's, who have been impressed with his positive attitude throughout his illness.
He was one of 21 award winners at the ceremony, hosted by Wire FM presenters Pete Pinnington, Gary Burgess and Caroline Halton.