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Six-year-old from Somerset who survived a brain tumour as a baby aiming for Christmas chart success

6-year-old Lyra is using her single to raise money for vital research. Credit: ITV West Country

A little girl from Somerset who had a brain tumour months after she was born has released a Christmas single to raise awareness of the disease.

Lyra was 5 months old when she had a tumour. Credit: ITV West Country

Lyra Cole, 6, has recorded her own version of ‘When a Child is Born’ and hopes the single will raise money to help fund vital research into brain tumours.

Initially misdiagnosed with a virus, doctors found a tumour the size of an orange on Lyra’s brain when she was just five months old.

She was then rushed to Frenchay Hospital where she spent 11 hours in emergency surgery.

Lyra is hoping her Christmas single will help others. Credit: ITV West Country

Now six years later, Lyra and her family - who are from Highbridge - are determined to share their experience to help others.

This is Lyra's first ever Christmas single. Credit: ITV West Country
16,000
people are diagnosed with a brain tumour every year, according to the charity Brain Tumour Research.

The charity also says the disease kills more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer.

All of the money raised through the sales of Lyra’s festive single will go to the charity.

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Lyra with her younger brother in her music video. Credit: ITV West Country

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