Rachel wins award and meets Prince Harry

Prince Harry with Rachel Hooley and the other winners.
Prince Harry with Rachel Hooley and the other winners.
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An inspirational youngster from south east Northumberland was presented with a national award and met royalty last week.

Ten-year-old Rachel Hooley, from Cramlington, won the Inspirational Child 7-11 at the Well Child Awards held in London.

The Northburn Primary School pupil, who underwent a life-saving heart transplant in February 2012, met Prince Harry, received her award from dance group Diversity and danced with Pixie Lott on stage.

Rachel was nominated by her sister Kate, who said: “I nominated Rachel because she always smiles, and she promotes organ donation all the time.

“I would hate to go through what she does, she is my hero.”

Rachel has been determined to live her life to the full since her operation, competing in two British Transplant Games, and one World Winter Transplant Games, where she became the first ever British child to win the Nicholas Cup for Team GB.

Earlier this year Rachel and Kate set up Hearts That Matter UK, to promote organ donation and raise money for Chuf, the Children’s Heart Unit Fund.

Rachel’s mum Eve said: “It was a truly inspirational evening, watching Rachel mingle with the stars without a care in the world was wonderful.

“It is heart-warming to see her having so much fun and making so many memories.

“She was such a deserving winner.

“It was very humbling and inspirational.”

In an emotional speech, Prince Harry said: “I would like to congratulate each of the award Winners - your stories are moving beyond words and remind us all of just how fantastic you all are.”