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Top award for Ballygawley girl who overcame anorexia

Country Music Star Cliona Hagan presents Caitlin O’Hanlon from Ballygawley with the Child of the Year Award at the recent Ni4kids Family Awards 2017.

A BALLYGAWLEY girl who has battled through anorexia and is now a passionate speaker on the illness, has won an award for her work.

Caitlin O’Hanlon received the Child of the Year title at the recent at the Ni4Kids Awards in Belfast.

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At the age of just 13, Caitlin was admitted to hospital suffering from anorexia nervosa.

Over the next three years she was admitted to hospital four times suffering from depression.

Determined to come out of that darkness and beat her demons once and for all, Caitlin’s new passion was and is to help and raise awareness of mental health in children, speaking openly about her experiences.

Mental health in children has been a taboo for many years but Caitlin has been inspirational and is determined to fight on and help other children.

Country Music Star Cliona Hagan, who presented the award to Caitlin said, “I was privileged to present the Child of the Year Award to Caitlin… it was both amazing and humbling to hear all the nominees’ and winners’ stories at this year’s event.”

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