Search

Bravery of Richard House Hospice, Beckton, girl rewarded with Prince Harry meeting

06:00 13 September 2012

Prince Harry meets with Pooja Deshpande after Well Child awards ceremony in London

Prince Harry meets with Pooja Deshpande after Well Child awards ceremony in London

Archant

Youngster gets a date with Prince Harry

A brave young girl being cared for by the Richard House will return to school something of a celebrity after meeting with Prince Harry.

Pooja Deshpande, 12, won a national “inspirational child” award at the WellChild awards in Park Lane.

She suffers from spinal muscular atrophy, and has stayed at the Beckton hospice since 2009.

Her proud mother, Shetal Deshpande, said she was “touched” to see her daughter rewarded for her courage.

She said: “It wasn’t until we got to the ceremony that we realised the magnitude of it all - it was a great effort to make the children feel so special.

“Prince Harry stole the show for me, he was so down to earth and easy to talk to. He met each family in turn before the ceremony.”

She was presented with the award by BBC presenter Chris Hollins.

Pooja, from Swiss Cottage, north London, still attends mainstream school despite two hours of heavy physio every morning.

She was nominated by Dr Finella Craig, from the Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Shetal added: “Pooja never looks at the negative side of her condition and has never asked me why she can’t walk like her friends.

“She doesn’t like to be seen as anything other than normal. I am very proud of her and everything she has achieved.”

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 15:05
Children enjoy the Father Christmas parade at Gallions Reach Shopping Centre

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as lights went up across the borough this weekend.

Stratford Centre
Yesterday, 14:33
The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters is coming to the Olympic park this week. Picture: EMPICS Sport/PA Images

It’s your last chance to win tickets to watch the world’s best wheelchair tennis players return to the Olympic park.

Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre
Yesterday, 12:42
Young children take to the court at the Disablity Tennis Festival at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre

The first disability tennis festival for young people has been held in the former Olympic park.

Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre
Yesterday, 12:06
Staff and students at Eastlea Community broke the world record

A history lesson involving staff and students from a secondary school has broken the world record for featuring the most multi-national people.

Eastlea Community School

Most read news

Fears over growing extremist threat that is expected to continue for several years.

Once inside, one man held a seven-inch kitchen knife to a victim’s throat while another threatened a second victim with a knife.

His lawyers want the case against him in South Africa dropped.

It’s that time of year again, who do you think should win the Sports Personality of the Year award?

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition