11 Jan 2013

An inspirational youngster from Newcastle Church High School has been recognised for her bravery in the face of a life-threatening illness, picking up a prestigious award at the recent Stagecoach Theatre Arts School Inspiration Awards.

13-year-old Skye Logan, who lives in Westerhope, suffered a near-fatal brain haemorrhage in February of this year, which left her with poor chance of survival. After spending a number of weeks in intensive care, Skye defied the odds and overcame many challenges to make a miraculous recovery, amazing doctors, family, friends and teachers by her courage, determination and the exceptional progress she has made. In recognition of everything Skye has achieved, she was nominated by Angela Salkeld, principal at Stagecoach, the theatre arts school she attends, to receive this year’s Stagecoach Award for Bravery.

The awards ceremony was held at London’s Victoria Theatre last week and after being notified that she was nominated as a finalist, Skye was invited to attend and subsequently won her category and was presented her award by Britain’s Got Talent runners up, Jonathan and Charlotte.

Skye’s mum, Deborah Logan, said: “Words cannot describe how proud we are of Skye – she captures the hearts of everyone she meets and the courage she has shown over the past year has been truly inspirational. When she went up on stage to receive her award, I cried with happiness – it was a fabulous experience in celebration of all she has achieved since her ordeal began.

“After she suffered a brain haemorrhage in February, Skye has endured so much and every day she continues to amaze and inspire and takes everything in her stride, with a smile on her face and such positivity. Skye has the most lovely, caring nature and absolutely deserves the recognition she has been given winning this award for bravery.”

Skye has been a member of Stagecoach since she was very young and attends the theatre school on Saturday mornings, where she takes part in the hobby she is most passionate about – dance. During her recovery, Skye worked intensively with physiotherapists and speech and language therapists at the Great North Children’s Hospital at Newcastle’s RVI, to develop her movement and speech and after making excellent progress, she returned to Church High School earlier this year.

Head of Newcastle Church High School, Joy Gatenby, said: “We are delighted that Skye has made such a remarkable recovery and it was fantastic to welcome her back to Church High at the start of the new school year. To win the Stagecoach Award for Bravery is a fitting tribute to an amazing young person and we are very proud of all that Skye has achieved – her courage and determination are an inspiration to us all.”

Speaking about her award win and exciting trip to London, Skye said: “It was great to meet Jonathan and Charlotte from Britain’s Got Talent and I was lucky enough to get their autograph! I had a really fun and exciting day and I’m so happy to have won the award for bravery. The best thing about my trip to London was getting to watch the show, Billy Elliott – it was amazing!”

For further information about Church High School you can log onto their website at or call them on 0191 281 4306.

Photo: Brave Skye Logan, pictured with her trophy, after picking up the Stagecoach Award for Bravery 2012