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The Enlighten Hope Project by St Patrick's College, Dungannon

The Enlighten Hope group and their teacher Mrs. Tracy Hughes from St. Patrick's College Dungannon scooped awards for ‘Best Product’ and ‘Best Marketing’ at the Young Enterprise NI event at the Northwest Trade Fair in Foyleside Shopping Centre Derry.

The Enlighten Hope idea was generated by the experiences of Eva Tomney brave battle with cancer, after being diagnosed with a brain tumour in October 2012.

Students participating in the Young Enterprise Programme from St Patrick’s College that form Enlighten Hope were inspired by Eva’s story and have written, beautifully illustrated and published the trio of adventure stories. These books are a tribute to Eva’s life story and are a joyful and hopeful resource for children and families who find themselves facing the challenges associated with this life-threatening illness.

One of the books, The Adventures of Eva’s Hair was written by Mrs Hughes herself since she had told Eva that her hair had to go on an adventure. The remaining two books illustrated other aspects of treatment Eva had to ensure such as having her teeth removed after chemotherapy – The Adventures of Tina’s Teeth and when a child goes into a wheelchair, as Eva did following treatment – The Adventures of Will’s wheels. All three books have been illustrated by the students within the team.

Tragically, and most unexpectedly, little Eva, Enlighten Hope’s real life hero, lost her battle for life in November 2015, just before she was to become the first recipient of the collection of stories written in her honour.

The team along with Mrs Hughes are now set on ensuring that Eva’s legacy will be one of helping others through what they believe to be a beautiful and lasting tribute to her life. The books are on sale in a number of outlets in Keady and Armagh and on the Enlighten Hope website More details of the product can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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