Chester toddler Erin Cross was ‘thrilled’ to come face to face with one of her idols when popstar Pixie Lott lent her support to a charity campaign at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

The singer was there to announce her partnership with Matalan Alphabet Scarves and her new single Caravan of Love, the proceeds of both going to the hospital.

Four-year-old Erin, from Upton , who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia aged two , has been involved in the store’s #scarfie campaign which has seen her modelling the waffle-knit scarves featuring every letter of the alphabet.

One hundred per cent of the sale proceeds go towards a state-of-the-art research centre at Alder Hey, set to open in 2015.

Much of Erin’s treatment is received at Alder Hey, so not surprisingly, she jumped at the chance to spend some time with Pixie when the star visited last week, wearing her alphabet scarf.

Mum Sarah said: “We got the phone call from the charity the night before, inviting Erin to a private performance of Pixie’s new single and she was really excited because she watches Pixie on Strictly.

“Pixie sang four of her songs including her new song for Alder Hey and Erin got up and had a dance with a few of the other children.

“After all the singing and dancing Pixie did a little question and answer session so Erin asked her what her favourite colour was. Pixie also had a little chat with Erin and wanted to know how she was getting on. Erin gave her a few gifts that she had made for her the night before and Pixie said they were beautiful, which Erin was really pleased about.

“She was really lovely with Erin and the other children. It was a special morning,” added Sarah.

Pixie’s single Caravan of Love, a cover of the 1986 Housemartins number-one, features on Matalan’s Christmas TV advertisement.

The Alphabet Scarves, which have also been modelled by celebrities including Helen Mirren, Kylie Minogue and Sarah Jessica Parker, are on sale in Ma

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talan stores across the UK and online at priced at £10 and £5 for children.
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