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Kirsty's Variety Honour
18 September 2014
One of two people in the world to have ever been born with a back to front heart, Kirsty Howard was given just weeks to live when she was aged 4; her parents gave her the round-the-clock care she needed, and regularly visited Francis House, a hospice for children with life limiting conditions.
Humble and compassionate, Kirsty wanted to give something back to the hospice that cared for her and her family so well, and resolved to raise £5m to help secure the future of Francis House, which relies on public donations to keep providing the care it does. Not only did Kirsty reach her target, she kept going. Now aged 18, Kirsty remains dedicated to helping children with life limiting conditions; to date, she has raised £7.5m for Francis House Children's Hospice, and in recognition of this unprecedented achievement, Kirsty has been honoured by children's charity Variety, with an Outstanding Achievement Award.
Camilla Al Fayed, trustee of the AlFayed Charitable Foundation which has been supporting Francis House since 1999, has known Kirsty for over 10 years,
"It's fantastic news that Kirsty has been formally recognised for all her amazing fundraising efforts. She is an incredible person, strong, determined and fun. She has inspired everyone from government leaders to football stars, and in doing so has raised millions of pounds for Francis House, which means that they can continue to help children with life limiting conditions. She has a heart of gold and we couldn't be happier for her to receive this award."
Highlights on Camera
View a video taken on the night of the awards here, or view a selection of images below.