Seriously ill 13-year-old fulfils dream by meeting Olly Murs, duetting – and proposing

Danielle Poolton, 13, met Olly Murs SUS-150408-155121001
Danielle Poolton, 13, met Olly Murs SUS-150408-155121001

A seriously ill girl from Eastbourne had her greatest wish granted – meeting pop star Olly Murs.

Danielle Poolton, aged just 13, had her wish come true on Friday (July 31) thanks to Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity.

Danielle, from Lower Willingdon, is living with Tuberous Sclerosis, a condition which causes tumours to grow in the brain.

Her condition requires carers 24 hours a day and countless trips to the hospital and doctor.

She loves music and her greatest wish was to meet Olly Murs. The singer has been an ambassador for Rays of Sunshine since 2012 and regularly gives up his time to help grants wishes for seriously ill children in the UK.

The exclusive meeting took place at The Grosvenor Hotel, Victoria, where Olly spent some time chatting to all of the children, before posing for photos.

When Danielle’s turn came to ask her idol a question, she took the opportunity to ask Olly: “Will you marry me?”

She also took a turn at being a popstar, when she sang a duet with Olly of his hit song ‘Dear Darlin’.

Olly said, “It was an absolute pleasure to meet such an amazing bunch of kids with Rays of Sunshine.

“They all had such enthusiasm and it was an absolute pleasure to spend time with them.

“I love being an ambassador for Rays of Sunshine – they do incredible work putting smiles on the faces of children just like Danielle and I hope to be involved for many years to come.”

Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity brightens up the lives of seriously ill children in the UK aged three to 18 years old by granting wishes, granting hospital ward wishes and organising outings and large scale events for seriously ill children, including The Rays of Sunshine Concert.

For more information about Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity or to apply for a wish to be granted, visit www.raysofsunshine.org.uk.

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