Ellie-May invited to party with chancellor

The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne with Ellie-May Sheridan
The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne with Ellie-May Sheridan
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NOT many 10-year-olds even know who the Chancellor of the Exchequer is – but that is no problem for one youngster who went to Downing Street this week.

Ellie-May Sheridan was invited to the Starlight Children’s Foundation Christmas party at the chancellor’s official residence, where she met George Osborne.

Ellie-May, of Drayton, Portsmouth, who won Star of the Community at The News’ first Youth awards earlier this year, also met musicians including Professor Green Pixie Lott, Geri Halliwell and McBusted as well as actor Jake Wood from EastEnders on Wednesday.

And the 10-year-old was given an exclusive invitation to see Professor Green warm up for his performance at the Camden Roundhouse last night because she’s too young to go to the gig.

Speaking to The News before the soundcheck, she said: ‘We went into the room and there were not many people.

‘Pixie Lott was there and she was nice and then lots of other people came in. They were all talking to me.

‘It was not them just saying “hello” and leaving, they were having proper conversations with us. It was a lot of fun.’

Asked if she had heard of George Osborne before Wednesday, she said: ‘Yes, I have seen him on the television.

‘It was good to meet George and Professor Green.

‘At the moment, we are going to see Professor Green so I am going to get to see him sing.

‘It was a good day.’

Ellie-May was born with a syndrome that is yet to be named but affects her legs, hips, spine and heart.

She has had to have several operations.

The charity heard about her story through The News.

Mum Katherine Reed said: ‘The charity organises parties for children and they phoned up and asked if she would like to go.

‘She said yes straight away.

‘She met lots of people involved in the charity.

‘There were about 50 children there.

‘It was an amazing experience for us.

‘Everyone there was so lovely to the children.

‘They spent a lot of time with the children.

‘They were really easy to talk to.’