Brave schoolgirl is guest of honour at awards ceremony

BIG DAY Izzy Herridge with Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins
BIG DAY Izzy Herridge with Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins
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A BRAVE Portsmouth schoolgirl diagnosed with cancer when she was just two, had an out-of-this-world experience at a party held to salute the courage of all youngsters coping with the disease.

Five-year-old Izzy Herridge was a guest of honour at the stars-and-space-themed Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens Star Awards at The Roof Gardens in Kensington, London.

Despite everything Izzy has faced at such a young age, she smiled through the pain and her treatment and showed what real courage is

Wayne Herridge

The celebration, featuring a host of famous faces, was organised to help raise awareness of the charity’s groundbreaking work in the field of childhood cancer research and the urgent need to boost funds.

Izzy, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2011, was one of 20 children from across the UK who came together as ambassadors to represent the 620 children who received Kids & Teens Star Awards in 2014/15.

The Victory Primary School pupil enjoyed an afternoon of galactic-inspired games and activities.

Izzy and her family met a stellar line-up of celebrities, including Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins, former Pussycat doll Kimberly Wyatt and TV presenter Matt Johnson before receiving her medal during a presentation ceremony.

Izzy went through almost two years of gruelling chemotherapy but she has been treatment-free for the past 16 months and is doing well with monthly check-ups.

Her dad Wayne said: ‘Despite everything Izzy has faced at such a young age, she smiled through the pain and her treatment and showed what real courage is’.

Her mum Evanna added: ‘Everyone was really kind and it was great to be around other families who have gone through and are going through a similar situation.

‘It was also lovely to see the children playing and being children.’