Ill Hartlepool girl gets princess pampering thanks to Miles for Men

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Battling Hartlepool youngster Keisha Watson looked every bit the princess as she enjoyed a wonderful day of pampering.

The five-year-old who fought back from the brink of death in an astonishing battle with leukaemia was treated to a makeover.

Thanks to organisers from the Hartlepool Miles for Men movement, as well as a host of big-hearted town companies, she spent two hours having a wonderful time.

There was a photoshoot from Garthy’s World in York Road, make-up by Charlene Berry and Louise Wray, shoes from Louise Wray, a dress donated by Bonny Babies and a tiara from Faking It in the indoor market in Hartlepool. There was cupcakes, pink lemonade, and balloons and glitter galore.

Stephen Picton, from Miles for Men, said it was all worthwhile to see Keisha’s face filled with joy. He added: “When you see Keisha smile, it is brilliant.

“There was make-up, the photoshoot and a load of other stuff as well.”

It has been quite a year for Keisha who was given the last rites by a priest at her hospital bed when all hope seemed lost but the little battler refused to give in.

And even though she still has to attend hospital 35 times a year for chemotherapy in her legs and stomach, and bone marrow lumbar punctures, she is winning her fight for life and doctors say her condition is treatable.

The youngster from Windermere Road has one big dream and that is to be a princess for a day. She will enjoy her day of dreams on Saturday, September 19, at West Hartlepool Rugby Club.

The brave five-year-old will leave her home in a horse and carriage and be taken to her party venue where there will be cakes and balloons with a Frozen theme, a bouncy castle, princess characters, cupcakes, a film crew to record it all and a photographer.

She has also received other wonderful donations including a rocking horse.

Her mum Natalie Watson, 31, who also has a son ten-year-old son Kain Watson, partner Ryan Young, 23, and is expecting her third child this October, said: “Keisha was over the moon and I think she was stuck for words. You can see the excitement in her eyes.”