Wellingborough duo Ashleigh and Pudsey granted the wish of a youngster with a rare genetic condition when they paid her a visit.
Milly Jones, 10, from Eastbourne in East Sussex suffers from a complex form of the genetic disorder called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS). In EDS sufferers, Collagen fails to form properly in the body that affects the skin, ligaments, and internal organs.
Milly also has Camptodactyly in her fingers which makes them curl in and on top of all this has Aspergers too.
Her family contacted the Starlight charity, which grants wishes to terminally ill children, to see if they could arrange for Milly to meet Britain’s Got Talent winners Ashleigh and Pudsey.
The charity arranged for the family to travel to the Kettering Park Hotel and meet Ashleigh and Pudsey over lunch.
Janet Lindsay, from Starlight, said: “From the moment Ashleigh and Pudsey arrived, Milly was unable to hide her excitement and after a formal introduction she seized the opportunity to ask Ashleigh all about Pudsey and winning Britain’s Got Talent.
“Ashleigh was delighted to share stories about training Pudsey and how she felt on winning the final.”
Ashleigh gave Milly some special tips for training her own dogs.
Janet added: “Ashleigh and Pudsey then did the Gangnam style dance.”
Afterwards, Milly said, “I loved meeting Ashleigh & Pudsey and my favourite bit was getting Pudsey to do special tricks all by myself. Pudsey is so clever when I gave him the signals he rolled over and hid his face under his paw!”
Ashleigh added: “It was an absolute pleasure to meet Milly – she is a very brave young lady and is clearly as much of a dog-lover as I am!”
Milly’s mum Kate said, “This is a dream come true for Milly.
“It was wonderful to see her beaming face and to hear her chatter away with Ashleigh.
“I think Milly is hoping to use some of Ashleigh’s training tips for Pudsey on our own pets at home!”
Visit www.starlight.org.uk for more information.