A WIRRAL teenager who beat cancer is representing young people in vital research.

Georgia Semple, from Birkenhead, was selected by doctors to be part of a Young Person's Advisory Group for The National Institute for Health Research Medicines for Children Research Network (MCRN).

The 14-year-old, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2005, works with researchers to involved young people in research and put together child-friendly leaflets aout cancer.

She also spoke to a group of politicians, doctors and researchers in London and was given an award on behalf of her team at the Houses of Parliament.

Georgia, who attends Wirral Grammar School for Girls, said: "We are asked questions regarding our experiences in clinical trials – for example what worries us – and our answers are presented in power point presentations to the researchers by young people.

"We also work to make medical information, like leaflets, that are given to children more child-friendly. We make them shorter, add colour, simplify the vocabulary and add relevant pictures.

"I really enjoy my work with MCRN because what we are doing will help young people understand more about medicine, research, and improve treatments for young people in the future."

The advisory panel was set up in 2006 to explore how young people can help to better the design of clinical research.

The group was based at the MCRN coordinating centre in Liverpool and recruited 15 members aged between 8-19 years old.

And its success led to four other groups being formed across the country.

Jennifer Newman from MCRN said: "Georgia's contribution has been invaluable and she is a valued member of the MCRN.

"The formation of the Young Person's Advisory Group has enabled young people to become more involved in the design and delivery of health research by giving them the confidence, information and opportunities to be able to contribute at all levels."