Rhionna misses out on Bighearted award

rhionna mcculloch
rhionna mcculloch

AN eight-year-old who overcame leukaemia and was nominated for a Child of the Year award, was unsuccessful at the awards ceremony in Glasgow last week.

Rhionna McCulloch was at the Bighearted Scotland Awards with her mum Gillian in the plush Raddison Blu hotel after being shortlisted along with two other youngsters out of more than the 2,500 who were eligible.

Despite not winning mum Gillian (37) from Carbeth Road, Milngavie said her Rhionna had really enjoyed herself.

The Glasgow Airport employee said: “It was disappointing she did not win but at the end of the day she will always be our winner as she is healthy and enthusiastic.”

The Clober Primary School pupil has raised more than £8,000 in the past three years for cancer charity CLIC Sargent. Last year she raised the fantastic amount of £1,700, a figure she wants to beat this year.

Asked what the highlight of the evening had been Gillian said it was definitely meeting the 1940s themed girl band, The Kennedy Cupcakes.

Gillian said: “They were really, really good and took the time to show her some of their dance moves. Rhionna followed them about and absolutely loved them.

Rhionna was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia — a cancer of the white blood cells — in November 2007, and fought a two-and-a-half-year battle against the disease, having to undergo horrendous intensive chemotherapy sessions at Yorkhill Sick Kids Hospital in Glasgow which made all her hair fall out. She was finally given the all clear by doctors at the end of February 2009, but still needs to go for check-ups every six months for the next five years.