A YOUNG sufferer of a rare skin disorder has won an award in recognition of the bravery shown in dealing with his condition.

Eleven-year-old Alex Webb, of Strawberry Close, Prestwood, was the first ever recipient of a Best WellChild Award, at a ceremony held in London.

Alex's skin condition, Xeroderma Pigmentosum, makes him hypersensitive to sunlight, which can cause his skin to blister and potentially cause skin cancer.

The award for Best Brave Child, and a limited edition teddy bear from Harrods, was presented to Alex by TV stars Konnie Huq and Nadia Sawalha.

Sandra Webb, his mum, nominated Alex and said he was delighted to win.

She said: "He is absolutely thrilled. He was crossing his fingers when the nominations were read out.

"He doesn't have an easy time and we were so pleased for him."

To cope with the skin disorder, Alex has to cover up completely if he goes outside and has to wear a mask to protect his face.

All the windows at home and at his school in Princes Risborough have a special film fitted to prevent sunlight coming through.

Thousands of nominations for the awards were made to WellChild through Best magazine and Adams childwear stores.

The winners were chosen by a panel of representatives from the Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health as well as journalists and other health professionals.

WellChild is a national charity that aims to improve child healthcare through research, education and support.

Kedge Martin, chief executive of WellChild, said: "The simple aim of the WellChild awards is to celebrate the value of children and their health. Sickness can strike any child at any time with a devastating impact on the whole family."

Mrs Webb runs a support group for the families of Xeroderma Pigmentosum sufferers, offering support and advice on how to deal with the condition.

On Saturday, a night-time garden was opened at Alex's house for him to enjoy.

Mrs Webb said: "The support group give information on protective clothing and other issues. We have many projects coming up involving people from all over the UK."