Brave Padiham teen’s amazing GCSE results as she waits for lung transplant

Hayley Barker is delighted after achieving top marks in her GCSE exams.
Hayley Barker is delighted after achieving top marks in her GCSE exams.

A DETERMINED Padiham teenager, who needs a life-saving lung transplant, has surpassed all expectations with her outstanding GCSE results.

Despite having to attend frequent hospital appointments, Hayley Barker (16), a former St Augustine’s RC High School student, managed to beat the odds, and bag herself an impressive A*, five As and two Bs.

While she wasn’t having treatments or resting, Hayley, who has battled leukaemia and had a bone marrow transplant, would work hard on her studies, teaching herself in preparation for her exams.

Her success means that she has now earned herself a place at Burnley College, where she is studying chemistry, biology and maths.

Her mum, Lisa Barker (39), who is currently decorating Hayley’s bedroom in a vintage theme, with the help of her husband Gary, said: “Hayley did fantastic. She got all her As in subjects like chemistry, physics, English and maths.

“She had only got about 40% attendance over the last two years. It is amazing really, but she did work so hard.

“I went with her into school, and she burst into tears. She was over the moon.

“She didn’t realise how well she had done. I’m so proud of her.”

As well as going out for a meal, Hayley, who needs oxygen 24 hours a day, celebrated her results at a fun day, which was held at The Shakespeare pub in Padiham.

She will find out how much money was raised at the event, which included a barbecue, stalls, and raffles, at a special presentation evening on September 29th. Lisa added: “It was such a lovely day.

“Hayley really enjoyed herself.

“She is so grateful to everybody at The Shakespeare.”