I am so proud of my disabled son Zac who, despite being told by doctors he would never speak due to his paralysed face and tongue, won joint first-prize in a global speech competition for children and adults, held by the International Churchill Society, who are going to broadcast his speech to an audience of over 2000 at its upcoming Conference.

Zac chose to donate his $5000 prize winnings to Great Ormond Street Hospital, where he and his sister Sophia have both been patients for many years, and where he had a pioneering 10 hour operation last year to give his paralysed face a smile.

He has since raised £10,330 in total for Great Ormond Street Hospital via his JustGiving Fundraising Page, and was invited for a photoshoot outside GOSH with the great-grandchildren of Sir Winston Churchill – Randolph and Jennie – who then kindly treated us to lunch.

The International Churchill Society have published the most wonderful article about Zac on their website with the link to his speech and to his JustGiving page, if you would like to watch it and donate.

And they have just let us know that Zac’s speech is going to be broadcast between 15:00-15:15 during their free online Conference this Friday 23 October, straight after an impressive list of keynote speakers including Sir John Major, Lord Hague and Jonathan Dimbleby!

And all this by a 10 year old boy born unable to breathe, eat, speak or smile.

We are so immensely proud of you, Zac, and love you so very much

Annabel Du Boulay

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