Charity girl has miracle birthday
Published: September 21, 2006 | 4813th good news item since 2003
A youngster who has raised millions of pounds for charity has celebrated her 11th birthday – seven years after being told she had just weeks to live.
Kirsty Howard, who lives in Greater Manchester, has raised almost £5m for the Kirsty’s Appeal charity.
The youngster, born with a terminal heart defect, raises funds for the Manchester-based Francis House Hospice for children in Manchester.
During fundraising she became friends with David and Victoria Beckham.
She began campaigning for the Francis House Hospice, where she was being cared for, in 1999.
Doctors had told her she only had up to six weeks to live as a result of being born with a back to front heart.
As the England team mascot for the World Cup qualifying match against Greece in October 2001, she held David Beckham’s hand on the pitch at Old Trafford.
Nine months later she handed the baton to the Queen at the opening ceremony of the Manchester Commonwealth Games, again with Beckham at her side.
In the past she has also been invited to open the Harrods sale with Victoria Beckham.