A brave schoolgirl who has been fighting cancer for nine months has been highlighting the cause on a visit to Downing Street.
Alyssa Davies, from Wrea Green, near Preston, was guest of honour at a special reception, hosted by Samantha Cameron, to launch Cancer Research UK’s inspiring new campaign Kids & Teens.
The eight-year-old, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia last year, joined youngsters from across the UK who visited Number 10 to have their bravery recognised and raise awareness of the need to boost funds for research.
Celebrities who joined Alyssa for the reception included DJ Sara Cox, Peter Andre, The Saturdays’ Rochelle Humes, and presenters Kirstie Allsopp, Charlotte Hawkins and Donna Air.
Alyssa has completed the intense part of her treatment and is on maintenance treatment which means a hospital visit every two weeks as well as oral chemotherapy.
Dad Michael said: “I couldn’t be prouder of her so I’m delighted that her courage has been honoured with such a fantastic day, especially when she has missed out on so much.
“Going to 10 Downing Street was an unforgettable experience for so many reasons, but most importantly because through supporting Cancer Research UK we can help to spare other children and families from this devastating disease in future.
“Success stories like Alyssa’s would not be possible without the charity’s life-saving work, which in turn relies on everyone who raises funds, so we hope people in Preston will really get behind this crucial campaign.”
To support Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens text KIDS3 to 70200 to donate £3.