It’s a dream come true for Eliza as she meets JLS

DREAM COME TRUE Eliza Rusby with JLS
DREAM COME TRUE Eliza Rusby with JLS

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MOST young girls can only dream of meeting their idols.

But that became a reality for disabled teenager Eliza Rusby who spent the afternoon with boy band JLS.

The 18-year-old, who has a severe learning disability and suffers from epilepsy, was given the chance to meet the chart-topping heartthrobs thanks to the Rays of Sunshine charity.

It grants wishes for seriously-ill children in the UK aged between three and 18.

Eliza travelled to London with her parents, Julia and Tim, of Victoria Road South in Southsea, and spent the night in a hotel before Aston, Oritse, JB and Marvin took time out of their hectic schedules to meet her.

Her proud mum said Eliza’s mouth dropped when the foursome walked through the door.

She said: ‘It was absolutely fantastic.

‘There were four families there and they came and sat with us.

‘They sang and danced – they made her day.

‘When they came in her mouth dropped and eyes opened – it was quite emotional.

‘They were great boys, genuinely down to earth and nice boys.

‘You came away thinking how lovely they were.

‘She had her photo taken with them and Aston did a back flip.’

Eliza may have to have a brain operation and was put in touch with the charity through one of her care nurses, Jo Lawson.

Mrs Rusby added: ‘Eliza has just turned 18 and has a lot of care workers in her life now she has gone into social care for adults.

‘Jo was attached to the family to offer help as we needed it.

‘She asked if Eliza ever had a wish and I told her JLS and Westlife were her favourites.

‘She has got very basic language and cannot tell you how she feels.

‘Because she has no concept of time we had to keep it from her until we got to the hotel.

‘We told her that she would be meeting JLS the next day and she kept asking if she really was.

‘I don’t think it sank in until she saw them.

‘She has a lot of stuff going on in her life at the moment, but she never complains and takes everything in her stride, she’s a lovely girl.

‘It meant so much to us to give her that opportunity.

‘She has been on a high ever since then.

‘She had her iPad cover signed and went to bed with the photos that were taken.

‘It’s nice that something like this will be with her forever.’