A SHEFFIELD schoolgirl fighting leukaemia is one step closer to meeting boyband One Direction – after The Star and celebrities backed a campaign to help make her dream become a reality.
Ellie Thompson, aged nine, from Jordanthorpe, was diagnosed with leukaemia in February last year and her parents Lindsey and Carl are desperate for her to meet One Direction when they play at the City Hall later this month.
The couple have already bought Ellie tickets to see the group, which came third in the X Factor in 2010. But as a special treat for their brave daughter they have set about trying to arrange for her to meet her pop idols, including Doncaster’s own Louis Tomlinson.
Friends desperate to make the youngster’s dream come true turned to Twitter in the hope the band would hear about Ellie and arrange to meet her, and the ‘tweets’ were picked up by a host of celebrities who passed them on.
After The Star contacted One Direction’s management, they contacted the Rays of Sunshine charity for which One Direction are ambassadors – and a meeting has now been arranged.
Ellie is going to the concert with her best friends Courtney Voyse and Megan Armitage – who herself is fighting leukaemia.
Lindsey, 32, said she is overwhelmed by the amount of support friends and strangers have shown in trying to help make Ellie’s dream come true.
“When we told Ellie and Megan, when they were in hospital together this week, that they are going to the concert they both started screaming in the middle of the clinic! They were both there in their One Direction T-shirts,” she said.
“When we told Ellie they are going to meet them her face was a picture. She can’t believe it.
“We can’t thank the One Direction management enough for organising this.”
It is overwhelming what people have done to make this happen.
“Ellie is now trying to decide what her favourite song is in case they sing it for her – the trouble is she likes them all.”