Six-year-old Madison Kirk has had a lot of hardship in her short life but on Wednesday night she was a star.
Little Madie, a pupil of Huntingtower Primary School, was nominated by her mum, Mary, for a WellChild award earlier this year and on Wednesday night at a star-studded London ceremony she received the Inspirational Child award from the charity’s patron, Prince Harry.
She was diagnosed with anaplastic lymphoma in November of last year. The condition affected her lungs, stomach, kidneys, spleen and legs but she has handled it all with incredible bravery.
Mary, of Alexandra Road, Grantham, said: “I’m so proud of her. She was five when it started and she has been so good from day one.
“She’s had so much happen to her all at once and she has handled everything as if it is just normal day-to-day stuff.
“It’s amazing really.”
Scouting for Girls performed live at Wednesday night’s event, while Pixie Lott was one of many celebrity guests, but Madie was particularly pleased to meet Prince Harry.
Mary said: “She liked him. She asked him a couple of questions and seemed quite happy to meet him.
“But he’s so lovely with all the kids.
“He’s the best one for the kids to meet.”
Following the ceremony, Madie appeared on national television on various programmes including Daybreak.
When asked whether Prince Harry would make a good uncle by a reporter from ITV she replied: “Yes, because he can always make you laugh.”
Madie underwent chemotherapy treatment and she has recently been given the all-clear.
Mary said: “She is having checks every three or four weeks because this type can come back sooner rather than later but we’ve got our fingers crossed.”