A GIRL got to hang out and eat pizza with her pop idols after they heard how bravely she is facing illness and just had to meet her.
Emily Cook, from Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour in early July.
When the 12-year-old Woodham Academy pupil was asked what would brighten up her days, a meeting with British pop-rock band The Vamps was top of her wish list.
Friends and family, calling themselves Team Emily, were determined to make her dream come true so they bombarded band members Brad Simpson, James McVey, Connor Ball and Tristan Evans, their manager and record label on the social media.
They gathered celebrity support via twitter and television stars such as Emmerdale’s Chris Chittell and John Challis – Boycie from Only Fools and Horses – also urged The Vamps to meet Emily.
Their lucky break came when a pet sitter looking after bassist Connor’s bearded dragon spotted the plea online, told him about the campaign and the band asked their manager to make it happen.
The band travelled north from a London recording studio while Emily travelled south with friends and family- including sister Holly, 14, brother Morgan, eight, and friend Millie Cartwright- so they could meet in Zizzi’s restaurant, York.
Aunt Vicki Lawrence said: “As it happens Holly spotted them in the train station trying to figure out where to go so we all walked to the restaurant together, it was fabulous.
“Emily is a really big fan, the whole family had been to see them at Newcastle Arena last year and she loved it.
“They support The Teenage Cancer Trust but don’t really do meetings so we didn’t think it would happen but they were really keen.
“She said the day she met them was the best day of her life, they were just lovely.
“To have a break was good, it was also some special family time and a reward for how brave Emily is being and for Holly and Morgan as it is tough on them too.”
Another of Emily’s wishes is a family holiday in a log cabin and thanks to The Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust, in Spennymoor, they will enjoy one in Cumbria next week. (From Monday, August 15)
Both treats followed a campaign by Team Emily- set up by members of The Purple Ladies and supported by the Zombie Trikers- which has raised around £2,000 for the family.
A further £2,000 was donated at a party night at the RAFA Club in Newton Aycliffe and fundraising is ongoing.
The family thank supporters, in particular Nicola Mason, Amy Woodhead, Enola Walker, Joanne Howe, Andrea Walker, Mark Solan and Virgin Trains.