Brave Rhiannon meets Princess Alexandra

Rhiannon Rainbow presents the posy to Princess Alexandra. Photo courtesy of Oliver King. EMN-150502-142135001

Rhiannon Rainbow presents the posy to Princess Alexandra. Photo courtesy of Oliver King. EMN-150502-142135001

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Singing star, Rhiannon Rainbow had the special honour of meeting a Princess at the weekend as part of her big performance for a cause close to her heart.

Seven-year-old Rhiannon, from Bourne, travelled to the capital city at the weekend to perform at the concert in aid of HemiHelp.

Rhiannon got the opportunity to sing with the HemiHelp Choir at The Children Helping Children concert on Saturday. She had the special honour of presenting the charity’s royal patron Princess Alexandra with a posy.

Rhiannon said: “The concert was really good, I did lots of singing. My favourite part was giving the flowers to the Princess. I really love singing, I sing all the time at home. I hope to be a popstar one day.”

The event was organised to help raise funds and awareness of HemiHelp, a national charity that helps the families of children affected by Hemiplegia.

Rhiannon knows all about the support HemiHelp provides, as she herself has left-sided Hemiplegia after she suffered a stroke following a premature birth.

Hemiplegia affects one child in every 1,000. The lifelong disability is caused by damage to the brain and the effects are like a stroke. It leads to weakness and a lack of control on one side of the body, but the physical severity varies.

Rhiannon was diagnosed with Hemiplegia when she was only four-years-old. The condition affects her ability to walk as her muscles stiffen in the cold. She also has trouble with her vision and her left arm is also weaker.

Rhiannon’s friends and family, including her twin sister Lola, were there to cheer her on at the concert.

Her mum Hayley said: “We were really proud to see her up on the stage performing, it was such a great experience for all the family. It was really good for her to be able to meet other children with Hemiplegia, along with meeting Paralympian Sascha Kindred who is a patron of HemiHelp and very inspirational.”