A brave young girl living with leukaemia was treated to a dream day out in London –complete with a surprise visit from her favourite boy band.
Jessica Pinder enjoyed an all-expenses paid trip around the capital, seeing the sights and visiting Madame Tussauds.
Later in the day the family visited Allstar Lanes bowling alley where, much to Jessica’s surprise, she was met by popstars Union J.
She said: “It was really good.”
The seven-year-old was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in February this year.
The keen dancer had complained of leg pains after a four day show at Thornton Little Theatre and was taken to an Urgent Care Centre when her symptoms continued.
After hearing about Rays of Sunshine charity and knowing just how deserving their “fun and loving” little girl is, Jessica’s parents applied for a dream day out.
Rays of Sunshine grants wishes for seriously ill children across the UK.
In their application to the charity mum Claire, 30, and dad Scott, 39, from Preesall, wrote: “Jessica has a fantastic character and is much loved by her family and the lots of friends she has.
“Her illness came as a massive shock and was devastating news to be told.
“Jess is a keen dancer and attends a local dance school for ballet, jazz and tap lessons.
“She has an inner strength and we will get through this tough time as a family.”
The trip to London boosted the spirits of the whole family, including Jessica’s siblings, nine-year-old Kaitlyn, Lewis, five, and Daisy, three.
Claire said: “She’s got a long way of treatment to go so things like this, it’s good for all of us to keep our spirits high.
“We’re very thankful to the charity.”
And the boy band have continued to support young Jessica since their meet.
When the at Fleetwood Charity School pupil was admitted to Blackpool Victoria Hospital in the days following, the boys came together to send a special video message.
Claire added: “Jessica was admitted to hospital at Blackpool Victoria and they sent her a video message to say get well soon. They were really lovely lads, we can’t fault them for how genuine and loving they were towards the family.”
And Jess said: “I feel great because they were saying we hope you get better very soon.”
Visit www.raysofsunshine.org.uk for more information.