Pride of Britain Solihull schoolgirl, who raised thousands for terminally ill father, gets shock visit from idol Olly Murs - The Solihull Observer

Pride of Britain Solihull schoolgirl, who raised thousands for terminally ill father, gets shock visit from idol Olly Murs

Solihull Editorial 25th Sep, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016   0

ONE plucky youngster got the shock of a lifetime when a Madame Tussauds wax figure of celeb idol Olly Murs ‘came to life’.

The X Factor star surprised incredible young fundraiser Amelia Gebruers with her tickets to the star-studded Pride of Britain bash.

The ten-year-old has been honoured with an award (Lidl Young Fundraiser Award) for the tireless work she started after her dad was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour.

The shock discovery came as a double blow when her brother Joshua was being treated for a similar life-threatening brain condition, when a tangle of blood vessels that could cause a stroke at any time was discovered in January 2014.

But five days before Joshua was due to start treatment their airline pilot dad Peter had a seizure as he collected them from school.

After learning of his cancer the family was told he had two years to live.

But Amelia was inspired to do something good, and now, just months after Peter passed away, she has channeled more than £21,000 to the charities that helped look after him.

Amelia and Joshua were on a well-earned family day out to Madame Tussauds London when the elaborate surprise took place.

After checking in on Cheryl and bowing before The Queen, Olly took up position and stood in wait for the pair. Mum Lucy was in on the plans, but as Amelia sprinted up for a selfie she could never have predicted what happened next. She and Joshua were left gobsmacked when Olly ‘sprang to life’ and handed over their tickets.

Speaking about the fundraising she started when she was just eight Amelia said: “I wanted to do something good to cancel out the sad times we were having.”

Mum Lucy added: “I’m incredibly proud of her, she is just such an amazing character and shows such strength – to be able to find something so good out of something so awful.”

Olly Murs said: “It was an honour to meet Amelia, the fundraising she has done for a girl her age is absolutely incredible! She’s a little star and I hope she has a great night at Pride of Britain next Monday.”


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