09:00AM, Friday 13 June 2014
One Direction made an eight-year-old girl's dreams come true on Sunday when she met the boyband at a charity event for youngsters living with serious or life-limiting illnesses.
Brave Maisy McErlain, who was diagnosed with Wilms' tumour in March, met Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Niall Horan along with more than 50 other children at an exclusive event at Wembley Arena.
It was organised by Rays of Sunshine, for which the band are ambassadors, and the lucky fans got to ask the boys a question and get their pictures taken with them.
Maisy, whose favourite 1D song is Best Song Ever, did not know she was going to meet her idols until mum Beth broke the news after watching the band perform at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
"When we told her she was going back Sunday to meet them for real she was just so excited," said Beth.
"I'm so proud of her and seeing her face and excitement on Sunday was fantastic and really cheered the whole family up."
Maisy, who was joined at the VIP event by her sister Lola, five, was too shy to put her question to the band, leaving mum to do it for her.
But the Trinity St Stephen CE First School pupil from Duke Street was more than happy with the answer, after Beth asked whether the band would be coming to Windsor, to which they replied they would for a few days.
Maisy, whose favourite 1D member is Harry Styles, and sister Lola then got to pose for photos with the superstars.
"She was feeling from the chemo very sick on that day but that's how excited she was," added Beth.
Wilms' tumour is a type of kidney cancer in children.
After the discovery of Maisy's tumour she had to undergo intense chemotherapy to shrink it before it could be removed.
"She has been through so much but she has done it with such resilience and a smile on her face. I cannot imagine if it was me being as strong as she has been," added Beth, who is now raising money to take her girls to Disneyland Paris once Maisy's recovery is complete.
She aims to raise £3,000 and will be sharing donations with cancer charities which have supported her family.
Visit kapipal.com and search for 'Go Crazy For Maisy' to donate.