Eleven year old local boy Dante Marvin has won the Pride of Britain ‘Child of Courage’ award as broadcast on ITV last night with millions of people watching.
Dante visited Southport’s famous ‘Yaffe Photography’ studios a few days ago for an official portrait to mark the occasion along with his fundraising for Variety, the Children’s Charity. Photographer Adam Yaffe said, “We had an amazing time and absolutely loved meeting this incredible boy with a shining personality. His passion for fundraising and refusal to allow his disability to stop him doing anything is inspiring and amazing to see. He’s also hilariously funny with a quick sense of humour.”
Dante was born with brittle bone disease and scoliosis, and has broken more than 100 bones. He has spent most of his young life in and out of hospital for treatment, including painful rod replacement surgery in his legs at Alder Hey over the summer. But the West Derby youngster refuses to let it get him down, pouring his energy into being a powerful advocate for other disabled children.
Dante, whose motto is ‘there are no disabilities, only abilities’, already works closely with children’s charity Variety, which first became involved with his family when mum Rachel asked for help to buy a new wheelchair.
The charity was so impressed with Dante’s positive attitude, it invited him to become a Young Ambassador. He regularly attends functions to talk about the work the charity does, and has helped it raise thousands of pounds.
Yaffe Photography has now designed a unique piece of art of Dante who likes to be known as ’The Dante’ which will be on display in the studios and also at the offices of Variety to commemorate Dante’s achievements and also the mark the fact that Yaffe has chosen Variety to be their charity of the year for 2020.