Brave Newham girl gets F1 treat

Great Ormond Street patient Michelle Adu took pole position as Bernie Ecclestone’s VIP guest at the British Grand Prix.

The four-year-old from Newham, who has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, joined dozens of other Great Ormond Street patients for a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Formula One motor race in Silverstone this month.

Michelle’s dad, Edward, said: “Like many parents our world felt like it was falling apart when Michelle was diagnosed, but the work of the doctors, nurses and staff at the hospital allowed us to keep our hope alive.”

The four-year-old began treatment on her birthday and eight months on is doing well.

During her access to all areas day, Michelle witnessed qualifying laps and races and visited the teams’ garages where she met drivers and technicians.

Formula One has an ongoing relationship with Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Earlier this month a Formula One party, sponsored by banking group Santander, raised �600,000 for the children’s charity.