Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

Junior Ambassador Harmonie-Rose is Pride of Britain

Andy Hopkinson | 1st November 2021

Huge congratulations to our Junior Ambassador Harmonie-Rose, who added to her amazing rollcall of accolades to date with a prestigious Pride of Britain Award at the weekend

Meningitis Now Junior Ambassador Harmonie-Rose wins Pride of Britain award

The 7-year-old from Bath picked up the award, organised by the Daily Mirror, for Child of Courage. 

But before that, she was presented with a huge pink unicorn cake by her hero – Ed Sheeran. Adding the icing to the cake the singer then sat down with Harmonie to sing two of her favourite songs of his – Shivers and Perfect (how long before they’re released as a duet?)

Ed told his superfan, who lost her arms and legs to meningitis as a baby, that she was “incredibly special and we want to show you how amazing we think you are.

“I think she’s hugely deserving of the Pride of Britain Child of Courage Award. She is incredible.”

Every little girl’s dream

Harmonie’s mum Freya added: “It was like every little girl’s dream. When Ed came in Harmonie-Rose was gobsmacked, she didn’t know what to say. It’s not often she’s speechless. I had a tear in my eye.”

In March, Harmonie-Rose had her first bionic arm fitted, meaning she could hold her mum’s hand for the first time and her latest fundraising effort saw her scaling a climbing wall 100 times and running 500 metres for the first time on her new blades. But it’s for her efforts in the 2.6 Challenge that we’ll be forever grateful to the little superstar.

Harmonie had no idea she was going to meet her hero when she travelled to London with her mum, dad Ross and young sister Luna. Instead, she thought she was taking part in a documentary.

But then Ed appeared with the cake and, as well as singing with Harmonie he also made animal balloons with her.

Celebrate every single day

Freya added: “We never thought we would see this day and we want to celebrate every single day that she has defied all the odds.

“She is our little miracle and an inspiration to all of us. She fought to stay here with her family, and for that we are all so grateful.

“She’s this big ball of energy and positivity – she’s always been our child of courage.”

Such a good ambassador

Our chief executive, Tom Nutt, added his congratulations. He said: “We’d like to congratulate Harmonie and her family on her latest achievement of a Pride of Britain Award, which is very well deserved.

“She does so much to raise awareness and support our work and is such a good ambassador for us. Everything she does she does with a willingness and sense of fun that belies the challenges she faces and we’re so grateful for her support. Harmonie - you are an inspiration to us all.”

This is a second prestigious Pride of Britain Award for the charity. It was back in 2014 that the amazing commitment and efforts of our executive founder Steve Dayman were recognised when he received that year’s Special Recognition Award.

Images courtesy of The Mirror.

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