Theme park hosts event for ‘knights in shining armour’

Camelot Theme Park's 'Knight in Shining Armour' ceremony.
Camelot Theme Park's 'Knight in Shining Armour' ceremony.
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Inspirational children were knighted for their bravery at a Chorley theme park.

Ted Ryall, four, Ben Hart, four, Kristian Haslam, seven, Declan Fisher, 13, and Savanna Wilby McQuoid, three, were five of 30 children from all over the North West to be recognised at Camelot Theme Park’s ‘Knight in Shining Armour’ ceremony.

The annual search, which was watched by hundreds of guests, set out to find children who have overcome personal difficulties, tried extra hard at school, or spent time helping others.

King Arthur presented the true knights in shining armour with an honorary knighthood and a certificate.

Camelot Theme Park Marketing Manager, Sandra Dempsey, said: “Ted, Ben, Kristian, Declan and Savanna have been incredibly brave and it was a pleasure to see them rewarded.

“The ‘Knights In Shining Armour’ ceremony is a favourite of mine and I enjoy it each and every year.

“This year it was particularly touching and it was lovely to meet all of their friends and family who were obviously so proud.”

Most of the Chorley winners were nominated by a proud parent, who felt that their child deserved the recognition.

Ted was rewarded for his understanding of his severely autistic brother, after being nominated by his dad, Frank Ryall.

Frank said: Ted is always understanding of his brother’s troubles and takes on the role of a young carer to help his brother in any way he can.

“Ted always makes the family laugh just when we need it and he keeps us positive.”

Ben was nominated by his mum, Eve Hart, for his battle with B Cell Lymphoma, a children’s cancer, while Kristian was similarly recognised by his mum, Tracey Haslam, for his fight with a rare chromosome disorder called Trisomy 8 Mosaicism.

Eve said: “We have almost lost Ben on several occasions.

“He was diagnosed as having stage 4 disease as the cancer was more or less throughout his whole body, in particular all though his spine which prevented him from walking.”

And Tracey said: “Kristian attends many kinds of therapy to help his development every week and never complains and always has a smile on his face.

“He is full of positivity and is extremely brave and inspirational. He is also obsessed with Knights.”

The last to be knighted was Savanna, who unlike the others was nominated by a family friend.

Savanna was knighted because she only sees her dad at the weekends.

As he is a soldier in the Royal Engineers in the British Army it can be a few months before she gets to be reunited with him.