Simon Cowell Presents Pride of Britain charity champ Amelia Gebruers with award
By ADMIN, Oct 1 2015 07:59AM
Simon Cowell proudly presented Amelia Gebruers with a Pride of Britain award this week.
The inspirational 10-year-old raised more than £25,000 after her brother was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and then she lost her dad.
It was a double blow of heartbreaking news that would devastate any adult – but Amelia Gebruers’ decision to do something positive has seen her become a Pride of Britain charity champion .
The remarkable 10-year-old has raised more than £25,000 after her little brother was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain condition just weeks before her father Peter was told he had a terminal brain tumour.
On Monday a room packed with A-list celebrities saw Amelia collect this year’s Lidl Young Fundraiser Award, presented to her by the stars from her favourite show, The X Factor.
Joining Amelia, her younger brother Josh, eight, and mum Lucy on stage were Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Nick Grimshaw, Rochelle Humes, Caroline Flack and Melvin Odoom.
And her face exploded with joy when they presented her award, with Simon Cowell telling her: “We think you are probably the bravest person we have ever met.”
Amelia said: “My brother got something in his brain and then my dad got cancer, so I thought that I could maybe sell cakes and lemonade in the front garden to raise money for charity.”
Her ideas snowballed, and after running a series of cake sales she decided to host a family fun day with a charity raffle.
Just eight at the time, she sent a handwritten letter to businesses in her hometown of Solihull appealing for help.
The letter read: “We found out about Joshy when he went for an eye test and my daddy had a seizure while he was driving us in the car.
"It was very scary. I wanted to do something good to cancel out the sad times we were having.”
Amelia added: “I went around loads of shops asking if they could donate things. At first I was scared but I got used to it and enjoyed it. We got loads of prizes.”
Her mum Lucy adds: “She literally spent the six-week summer holiday going around the local towns and villages, and going into all the shops.
"There was always an adult with her, but she approached them herself.
“Amelia did all the talking and people just bent over backwards to give her prizes, support or even just make a small donation.
"I don’t think there was a single person that she approached who didn’t help.”
The family fun day which took place last year was followed by a black tie auction night which saw Amelia’s fundraising reach a staggering £21,000, with that figure now having been surpassed.
Pete lived to see his daughter’s incredible efforts but tragically passed away on Valentine’s Day
You can watch the emotional Pride Of Britain Awards on ITV Thursday, October 1st at 8pm.