St Patrick’s College Dungannon students help little Eva’s memory live on

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

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

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The Enlighten Hope group and their teacher Tracy Hughes from St Patrick’s College in Dungannon are celebrating after they scooped awards for ‘Best Product’ and ‘Best Marketing’ at the Young Enterprise NI event at the Northwest Trade Fair.

The idea was generated by the experiences of Tracy’s seven-year-old niece Eva Tomney, who lost her brave battle with cancer.

Students in the Young Enterprise Programme were inspired by Eva’s story and wrote, illustrated and published a trio of adventure stories.

The books are a tribute to Eva’s life story and are a joyful resource for children and families who find themselves facing 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 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.

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 – www.enlightenhope.co.uk More details of the product can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.