Quadruple amputee and Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Child winner Harmonie-Rose Allen was given the life-changing electric waltzer car so she could keep up with sister
Pride of Britain Child winner Harmonie-Rose Allen is “over-the-moon” with a Christmas gift that freed her from her wheelchair.
The quadruple amputee, aged eight, was given the life-changing electric waltzer car so she could keep up with sister Luna, three.
Mum Freya, 27, says: “Luna had asked for a motorbike for Christmas, but I was worried about her older sibling being left out as Harmonie-Rose has never had an electric ride-on that she’s been able to use.
“I contacted Outdoor Toys UK to see if they had something suitable for her, and they replied saying we could have it. I was really shocked, I didn’t realise they would give it to me, it was so kind of them.”
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Freya. of Bath, Somerset received the electric waltzer, which costs around £140, in October and kept it hidden from Harmonie-Rose so it could be a festive surprise, saying: “She was over-the-moon and couldn’t believe it.
“She’s been able to control it with complete ease and loves spinning around in circles, and she loves the way it lights up like a disco. It’s going to be difficult to top this Christmas.”
When she was just 10-months-old Harmonie-Rose was given a 10% chance of survival after contracting meningococcal septicaemia.
The illness meant she needed to have both her legs and her arms amputated, as well as the tip of her nose.
Freya was told to prepare for her child’s life support to be switched off, but inspirational Harmonie-Rose fought against the odds – and despite needing more than 10 operations she has gone on to become an avid swimmer and gymnast who has raised over £100,000 for charity thanks to completing a series of challenges including the Bath Half Marathon.
At the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards, in partnership with TSB, at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel last October Harmonie-Rose was given her Child of Courage Award by telly stars Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and Joel Dommett.
Alesha said: “Harmonie-Rose makes you realise that whatever challenges you have, you can overcome them and do it with joy.”
Harmonie-Rose also stole the show performing a duet to Ed Sheeran ’s hit Perfect with the star.
The singer had previously surprised her with the news that she was winning the Child of Courage accolade.
Freya says that Harmonie-Rose was left “absolutely buzzing” for weeks after receiving her Pride of Britain award.
“She’s been stopped a lot by people in the street who say, ‘are you that famous girl?’. She absolutely loves it.
“Harmonie-Rose also has more charity challenges in the pipeline for next year, so watch this space.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.