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10-year-old 'couldn't believe' meeting Prince Harry and Pixie Lott

Three years ago, when Rachel Hooley was 7, a routine visit to her GP quickly led to her being admitted to hospital where she was diagnosed with heart failure.

In a matter of days her life hung in the balance - it was saved at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle by a heart transplant.

Life after the transplant has been a roller coaster ride and Rachel has been an inspiration, dealing with everything with a smile on her face.

Now, the 10-year-old from Cramlington has won a national award from the charity Wellchild.

The charity's patron is Prince Harry, who praised all the winners, saying: "Your stories are moving beyond words and remind us all of just how fantastic you all are."

Rachel loves dancing so she received her award from members of the dance group Diversity. She and her mum also got a chance to meet Prince Harry - and share the stage with the rest of the winners.

10-year-old meets Prince Harry as she wins national award

Rachel Hooley with Prince Harry at the WellChild Awards Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Rachel Hooley with her mum, Eve, and Prince Harry at the WellChild Awards Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A 10-year-old girl from Cramlington in Northumberland has been honoured at a special award ceremony attended by Prince Harry and Pixie Lott.

Rachel Hooley had a heart transplant when she was just seven. She was nominated by her sister for the Inspirational Child category in the Well Child Awards.

Rachel Hooley won the Inspirational Child category in the Well Child Awards. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
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Prince Harry job appeal for South Pole teammates

Prince Harry appeared without his beard which he grew on the trip.

Prince Harry paid tribute to the "unbelievable achievement" of his Walking With The Wounded teammates who completed the South Pole and appealed for help in getting them back in to employment.

The prince said: "If anybody out there has the ability or resources to give these guys and girls a stepping stone back into employment then please do. You certainly won't regret it."


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Harry's royal message to fellow South Pole trekkers

Prince Harry has praised fellow South Pole adventurer Ben Saunders, who is now on his way back home after trekking with Tarka L'Herpiniere from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole.

Prince Harry sent a royal message to fellow South Pole trekker Ben Saunders on the anniversary of Captain Scott's arrival Credit: Anwar Hussein/Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment

Harry completed a trek to the southern tip of the globe with a team of wounded servicemen and women last month, and paid tribute to the pair in a message sent on 17 January - the day Captain Scott and his party reached the South Pole in 1912, and an anniversary they commemorated while on the ice.

Prince Harry's message read: "One hundred and two years ago today Captain Scott reached the South Pole. As his expedition tragically demonstrated, such a trek sits at the very limit of human endeavour.

"You're well on your way to completing what Scott attempted; I wish you both the very best of luck for the rest of your journey. You guys will be an inspiration to the next generation as Scott has been to this."

Prince Harry is due to give a speech later this morning on his South Pole trek.

Prince Harry to talk about South Pole challenge

Prince Harry will talk about his South Pole challenge. Credit: PA

Prince Harry will be speaking publicly for the fist time this morning after completing his South Pole challenge.

He was joined by Northumberland adventurer Conrad Dickinson on the 280 km trek in December.

The expedition was organised by the veterans' charity, Walking With The Wounded.

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Antarctica trekker: 'Pure relief' at reaching South Pole

The only female member of team of wounded servicemen and women trekking across Antarctica with Prince Harry has described the moment the expedition arrived at the South Pole.

Kate Philp told Daybreak "there was not an enormous feeling of elation" because the team were "so exhausted", but described the overall feeling as "pure relief".

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Harry to join Antarctica teammates for official return

The fourth in line to the throne will join fellow Walking With The Wounded adventurers at a welcome home reception after surviving their trek to the South Pole.

The Prince with some of the South Pole team in Trafalgar Square before setting off last year. Credit: PA

He will take part in the press conference at a central London hotel, attend a short reception and also give a speech.

Harry joined a group of injured servicemen and women in a trek across Antarctica before Christmas, pulling sleds all the way to the South Pole.

They faced such extreme weather conditions during their 200-mile odyssey that organisers had to call off the competitive element of the trek.

The Prince was joined on his trek by Hollywood actor Alexander Skarsgard, star of the hit HBO series True Blood, and English actor Dominic West, from the popular series The Wire.

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