Rising star Melissa Miles is our Little Miss Hero.
The Blackpool songbird (stage name Missa), who has raised £450 for our family from sales of her debut EP, was nominated in two categories in the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre schools enterprise Hero Awards finals staged at Blackpool Football Club yesterday.
She may have been pipped to the post in finals, but Melissa, 13, is certainly our winner. She is our shining star and we know is destined to go far,
The youngest ever winner of Blackpool Schools' Pop Idol, Melissa, who with her mum and dad, Karen and John, and sister Lauren, sponsor our Maria, was the guest artist at the Hero Awards and gave a spellbinding performance.
Melissa, who was shortlisted in the Most Enterprising Female and Most Enterprising Student categories, has introduced the Happy House to her school , St George's , and thanks to her efforts her school has embraced the needs of our children and raised money for our charity.
Teacher Hayley Clarkson and her class were also nominated in the Hero awards for their fundraising efforts. Again they were pipped the post by another school but meeting Mama Sue and presenting £50 from their latest fundraising efforts more than made up for any disappointment.
Melissa, her mum and dad, Karen and John, and sister Lauren, sponsor our Maria do so much to help our family and are always on hand to help with fundraising events.
Congratulations to Melissa and all the pupils from St George's who helped to raise our profile at the awards last night. You are our shining stars.
Pictured: Missa; Mama Sue and Elizabeth with Miss Clarkson and pupils; Mama Sue and Papa Dave with John, Karen, Melissa and Lauren Miles.