Singer Olly Murs has surprised an inspirational girl from Bury St Edmunds with news that she has won a Young Heroes Award.
Jessica Davis suffers from over-stretched muscles and dislocations because of a condition called Joint Hypermobility Syndrome.
But the 10-year-old, known as Jessie, puts her own pain aside to help her mother, Paula, who has Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and brother, William, who was born with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex and has complex health needs, autism and challenging behaviour as a result.
Her selfless actions have seen her named winner of this year’s Good Morning Britain Young Hero Award, which is held in conjunction with WellChild, the national charity for sick children.
Mrs Davis said: “She always puts other people first and is very accepting and understanding. We have to remind ourselves sometimes that she’s only 10.
“I think by growing up with William she’s learned a huge amount of empathy and understanding most adults don’t have.”
Video footage of Jessie receiving the news from Olly Murs was shown on ITV’s Good Morning Britain breakfast programme on Friday.
It was filmed two weeks ago when she was taken on a sightseeing tour of London and told she was making a special film for the Fulfil The Wish charity, whose founder Mary Appleton nominated her for the award.
Olly Murs surprised her while she was having afternoon tea at The Waldorf.
The pop star said it was an ‘absolute honour’ to meet Jessie.
He told her: “You know, you have your problems as well but you put that aside to help others, which is amazing, so you really deserve this award.”
The video clip ends with Jessie saying: “I couldn’t believe it when Olly walked in – it’s just been the best day ever.”
Mrs Davis said: “We found out she had been shortlisted in May and have known that she had actually won it since June but we haven’t been able to tell Jessie, because they like to surprise them, which has been really hard.
Of keeping the day a secret, she said: “I never lied to her, I just didn’t tell her the whole truth – she never did ask if we were going to have afternoon tea with Olly Murs.”
Jessie, who is a pupil at Westgate Primary School, is due to attend a prestigious WellChild Awards ceremony at the Dorchester in London tonight where she will meet Prince Harry, the charity’s patron.
Mrs Davis said: “We’re still quite shocked because we think we’re quite a normal family but we’ve had quite a rough time with William over the past six to 12 months so it’s nice for her to have something positive to focus on.”
She was excited about Jessie being the ‘centre of attention’ but said it broke her heart when she told her ‘mum, I’d swap it all to make William better again’.
To watch Jessie’s reaction to meeting Olly Murs, click here.
Jessie’s family have featured previously in the Born To Be Different TV documentary series about children born with disabilities.