AN AWARD-WINNING fundraiser came face to face with royalty last week at a glittering ceremony in London.
Hannah Jones, who has raised more than £140,000 for brain cancer charities while undergoing treatment for a brain tumour, chatted with Prince Harry at a reception at the InterContinental London Park Lane hotel before the presentation of the WellChild awards.
Dressed like a princess in a short, white, satin and tulle layered dress, with daisy and hand sewn diamanté detail, the 18-year-old former Christleton High School student engaged in conversation with the third in line to the British throne.
She said: “He talked to me about my brain tumour and then asked how well I had done in my A-levels. When I told him my results he said: ‘That is better than I did!’
“He was so down to earth and was interested in everyone’s story,” said Hannah, who will start a degree in primary education at the University of Chester later this month.
Hannah was at the ceremony to receive the award for bravest child over 16. She was nominated by Luke Tillen, who runs the Torbay Holiday Helpers Network. Hannah and her family were the first to benefit from a holiday with the charity, which was formed in 2009.
“Luke is an amazing man. He doesn’t have any personal experience of cancer, yet he takes time to help others. He is so selfless.”
Luke, Hannah, sister Molly, dad Steve and mum Dianne were seated on the same table as Brit band Scouting for Girls.
“It was amazing,” added Hannah. “I think that Molly’s secretly in love with Prince Harry!,” she laughed.
The charity event on Wednesday, August 31, would have been particularly poignant for the prince, patron of the WellChild charity, as it was the 14th anniversary of the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
Hannah was presented with her award by British actress Barbara Windsor, who played Queen Vic landlady Peggy Mitchell in the cockney soap EastEnders.
“She was really lovely. She told me that I’d done really well and that I was amazing.
“I was really tired after doing a fundraising bag-pack at Sainsbury’s on Monday so I asked if she wouldn’t mind helping me off the stage. She was so lovely.”