Teenager, 14, with bionic arms who lost her hands to meningitis as a baby lands job as TV presenter to front news show for youngsters
A teenager with bionic arms who lost her hands to meningitis as a baby is set to begin life as a television presenter.
Tilly Lockey, of Consett, County Durham, has landed the job on ‘FYI: For Your Information’ on Sky – a news show for youngsters, featuring celebrities and politicians.
Teenager Tilly will be a TV presenter for children’s news show ‘FYI: For Your Information’
The 14-year old sees it as an opportunity to discuss important issues such as climate change, equal rights and racism
The 14-year-old said: ‘FYI is the only news show in the world where kids and teens get to have a say on the big issues and put those in power on the spot.
‘It’s a great opportunity for me to report on the things I care about most, climate change, equal rights, racism and of course I hope I can inspire others kids with a disability that everything is possible.’
Tilly suffered Meningococcal Septicaemia B when she was 15 months old and had to have her hands and the tips of her toes amputated.
Tilly suffered from meningitis as a baby and had to have both of her hands amputated
The news show is aimed at a young audience and features celebrities and politicians
The ‘bionic’ teenager was the first British child to use 3-D printed bionic arms
As Tilly was the first British child to use 3-D printed bionic arms, she has travelled the world to promote Open Bionics
Tilly hopes to inspire others with disability and convince them that ‘everything is possible’
WHAT IS MENINGITIS ?
Meningitis is an infection of the protective membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord.
Anyone can be affected , but mostly babies, young children, teenagers and young adults.
The most common forms of meningitis are bacterial and viral.
Bacterial meningitis is rarer but more serious than viral meningitis.
Symptoms for both include:
- a high temperature (fever) of 38C or above
- being sick
- a headache
- a rash that does not fade when a glass is rolled over it
- a stiff neck
- a dislike of bright lights
- drowsiness or unresponsiveness
- seizures (fits)
Meningitis can be very serious if not treated quickly.
She was the first British child to use 3-D printed bionic arms, and has since travelled the world to promote the technological breakthrough for Open Bionics.
Tilly has been signed by Fresh Start Media, which produces the weekly show and has been commissioned to do another 48 episodes.
The youngster has won many awards in recognition of the way she has dealt with her disability, and even plays the piano.
The show recently tweeted: ‘We met her when we reported on her amazing bionic arms and love her so much she is now joining the gang to help us investigate the big issues on the news for and by kids.’
The weekly news show, broadcast on Sky News, Sky Kids, and Sky One during the holidays, will now head into its third year.
It’s also available free to schools via First News Education and other online school resource websites.
The programme’s executive producer Chris Rogers said: ‘FYI’s success proves children are hungry for news but they need somewhere to go where they feel understood and safe.
‘FYI provides that, and a platform where children get a voice.’
Tilly was only 15 months old when she was diagnosed with Meningococcal Septicaemia B
Tilly Lockey with her bionic arms has even learnt how to play the piano-despite being told she’d never be able to perform
The ‘bionic’ teenager hopes to set an example for other children with disabilities
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