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Brave youngsters receive Pride of Birmingham awards

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Brave youngsters receive Pride of Birmingham awards

Villa Rockets reached the final of the Wheelchair Football Association Cup on Easter Monday and there was even more cause for celebration this week. 

Star player Bradley Addison was recognised at the Pride of Birmingham awards, picking up the Child of Courage accolade. 

Defender Neil Taylor also presented Bradley with a signed football at the event which took place on Thursday evening at the Great Hall of the University of Birmingham.

Brave Bradley was on his way to fulfilling his dream of playing for Aston Villa in the club’s youth academy.

He then developed Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a life-limiting condition which causes the muscles to weaken.

No longer able to walk and needing to use an electric wheelchair, he thought his playing days were over.

But then along came powerchair football – and now the 13-year-old has just helped Villa Rockets win a league and cup double.

Bradley, who has fronted a national campaign for Muscular Dystrophy UK, helping to raise thousands of pounds, has also undertaken his own sponsored challenges.

His courage has not gone unnoticed at Villa Park, with several Villa stars visiting him.

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Super Villa fan Moin Younis was honoured with a Teenager of Courage award at the star-studded event.

Moin, 16, has a rare life-limiting condition Epidermolysis Bullosa, or 'EB' - a genetic condition in which blisters form both internally and externally on his body from the slightest knock or rub.

Because of this, he uses the services of Acorns Children's Hospice and recently became Young Ambassador for the charity. 

Despite the immense challenges he faces in his day-to-day life, Moin is determined not to let things get in the way of his dreams and ambitions.

Everyone at Aston Villa would like to wish Moin and Bradley a big congratulations!  

AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 21st April 2017