Simon Cowell and Alesha Dixon surprise Harmonie-Rose on stage at Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards

Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and Joel Dommett were among the celebrities congratulating seven-year-old Harmonie-Rose Allen at this year's Daily Mirror Pride of Britain awards.

Harmonie-Rose, who lost all her limbs and the tip of her nose after contracting an illness as a baby, was awarded the ceremony's 'Child of Courage' award for raising over £100,000 for charity.

The trio were announced as the surprise guests to present the award after Harmonie-Rose revealed two of her favourite programmes were Britain's Got Talent and the Masked Singer. She looked visibly thrilled as three of her TV heroes entered the stage to give her the award.

Presenting the award to Harmonie-Rose, Simon said: “This is the most important award in the world and I’m so thrilled you are going to have it. I believe your motto is, ‘If you can believe you can…’” and Harmonie-Rose chipped in: “Achieve!”

Harmonie-Rose previously found out she was getting the award via a surprise meeting with Ed Sheeran, who dropped in to see her with news of the award.

The 7-year-old lost her limbs just aged 10 months, when she was rushed to hospital in a critical condition with meningococcal septicaemia. The illness damaged her arms, legs and nose, leaving doctors with no choice but to amputate.

But after ten operations, she now leads a happy life doing the things she loves and has even turned them into a way to raise money for charity.

In the first lockdown in March 2020, she raised over £76,000 for Meningitis Now, completing six activities doctors told her she'd never be able to do again due to her injuries: running, singing, drawing, swimming, gymnastics and jumping.

This year, meanwhile, she scaled a climbing wall 100 times and ran 500m for the first time on her blades in a bid to raise £20,000 for an accessible playground.

In March, she received her first bionic arm, meaning she can hold her mum's hand for the first time since she was a baby.

Mum Freya, 27, said of her daughter: “We never thought we would see this day, and we want to celebrate every single day that she has defied all the odds.

“She is our little miracle and an inspiration to all of us. She fought to stay here with her family, and for that we are all so grateful."

Watch the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards, in partnership with TSB, tonight, ITV, 8pm

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