Movie star treat for inspirational Leyland children

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Three inspirational children from Leyland have enjoyed a special treat at the House of Lords, after being named winners of the Cerebra Child of Achievement Awards 2014.

Chelsea Pettitt, 14, and five-year-old twins Freddie and Noah Hart travelled to the Houses of Parliament for the event, hosted by television presenter Andrew Castle and Bollywood actress Samira Ali.

Honoured: Chelsea Pettitt, and, below Freddie and Noah Hart with Andrew Castle

Honoured: Chelsea Pettitt, and, below Freddie and Noah Hart with Andrew Castle

They were among six other children from across the country who have brain conditions, who were recognised by the charity Cerebra for their achievements.

Chelsea, who has cerebral palsy and dystonia which means that she is quadriplegic, and a full-time wheelchair user, was bowled over by the afternoon tea party reception, overlooking the River Thames.

Mum Alison said: “It was an amazing day, everything went how we hoped it would.

“Chelsea loved the video that was produced for the occasion because it was in slow motion and it was quite emotional watching the other videos of the other winners.

Freddie and Noah Hart with Andrew Castle

Freddie and Noah Hart with Andrew Castle

“She was also thrilled to meet Samira because she’s a Bollywood actress and that’s what Chelsea’s into.”

She added: “She has been through a lot, it’s not easy for her, but there’s a big smile on her face a lot of the time. She’s a star and we’re very proud of the way she is growing up.”

Tony Hart, father of Freddie and Noah, who have a rare brain disease, lung disease and pseudo obstruction of the bowel, said the boys thoroughly enjoyed the occasion.

He said: “We were overwhelmed by the experience and made to feel very special.”

“As parents we found it very emotional seeing our children’s story on the video and hearing Andrew Castle’s words, but it proves to us how deserving they are.”