Hannah is off to the palace

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A brave eight-year-old girl is in for a right royal treat after being chosen as one of only a small number of children who will decorate the Queen’s Christmas tree at Buckingham Palace.

Hannah Curry, from Wellingborough, had to cope with the loss of her little sister Niamh to cancer earlier this year.

The charity Believe in Magic, which supports seriously ill children and their families, has organised for Hannah and 17 other little girls to visit Buckingham Palace on Monday, December 3.

As well as decorating the Queen’s Christmas tree, the Little Harrowden School pupil will also be given a dress made by the designer of Kate Middleton’s bridesmaid dresses to wear.

Hannah and her mum Sam Curry will be picked up by one of the Queen’s cars in the morning and chauffeured to Buckingham Palace.

Hannah said: “I am going to decorate the Queen’s Christmas tree and I am really excited about it.”

Mrs Curry said: “Hannah said she was going to do it for Niamh.”

Hannah’s dad Chris Curry, said: “This is the first time the palace has ever done this. Kate Middleton’s bridesmaid dress designer is making 18 princess dresses for all of the girls.

“We first met Meg Bahri from Believe in Magic last year when they set it for Hannah and Niamh to see Shrek the musical and to go to a party at Hamleys Toy Shop.”

The family is currently in the process of gaining charitable status for Niamh’s Next Step, the appeal they set up almost a year ago to raise funds for Niamh to have treatment in America.

Funds will now go to fight the disease in Niamh’s memory.

People are continuing to raise money in her memory.

More than £2,090 was raised at a dinner dance held in Kettering on November 17.

X Factor finalist Daniel Evans performed at the event and has also agreed to become a patron on Niamh’s Next Step.

Mr Curry said: “Tracie Taylor, who organised the dinner dance, did a fantastic job.

“Daniel Evans’ performance was unbelievable. He was also really humble and down to earth.”