SHE was a little princess who captured the hearts and minds of everyone last night.
Chloe Challoner was beaming as she came on to stage in Cinderella’s carriage for the finale of a charity gala evening at The Kings Theatre in Southsea.
The theatre organised the variety show, which was aiming to raise much-needed cash to pay for life-saving treatment for the 10-year-old in America.
As reported in The News, Chloe’s family, from Rooksbury Croft, Leigh Park, need to raise £10,000 by February to send her to Texas for breakthrough treatment for a rare form of bone cancer.
Last night Chloe and her loved ones, including dad Jamie, mum Becci and grandma Frankie, enjoyed performances from former Coronation Street actress Tracy Shaw – who danced to Beyonce’s Single Lady – and Hollyoaks star Marcus Patrick.
There were even renditions of Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga numbers – Chloe’s favourite artists.
The show was masterminded by Tracy, who met Chloe when she came to watch the pantomime, Cinderella, over Christmas.
The cast had just yesterday to rehearse.
Tracy, a mum-of-two, said: ‘She’s absolutely touched my heart.
‘From the moment I met her, I completely fell in love with her and wanted to do everything I can.
‘I have children myself and can’t believe how I would feel if it was my child.
‘£10,000 is not a lot of money but it’s going to save her.
‘She’s been through hell, she’s a little fighter and I think we owe it to this girl to give her as much help as we can.’
Marcus added: ‘It really cut to our hearts on the evening when Chloe came down to watch the panto.
‘We were just trying to do everything we can to try and help raise that money with whatever we have to offer.
‘Our time and effort does not seem like much to go through for such an important thing.’
Chloe’s family are now half way to raising the cash.
Chloe’s grandmother Frankie Challoner, 60, of Renny Road, Fratton, said: ‘It’s a big thank you from us. We are so grateful for what they have done.’