Norwich’s girl’s dream to meet pop band One Direction comes true before Wembley concert

Roxanne Watts (centre) with the band One Direction

Roxanne Watts (centre) with the band One Direction - Credit: Sophie Gildersleeve

A six-year-old Norwich girl, who suffers from a congenital heart valve defect, had her dreams come true when she met her pop idols One Direction (1D) after they performed a concert at Wembley.

Roxanne Watts, who suffers from pulmonary atresia, was among a group of 36 children and teenagers from across the country who visited London in a trip arranged by the Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity, which grants wishes for seriously ill children aged between three and 18.

Many of the children were fulfilling wishes to meet their idols, so the charity arranged for them to travel from across the country for their own private 1D day.

Many arrived the day before and spent the night in a hotel.

The families were then treated to lunch at Frankie & Bennys in Wembley before making their way to the Cineworld cinema next door.


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The stunned audience was then treated to an acoustic performance of some of their songs before each of the seriously ill children had the chance to meet the band.

All the children were also given a signed 1D T-shirt, watch and two tickets to the 2014 tour all donated by 1D. Each child also received a 50ml bottle of Our Moment, a 1D fragrance.

Roxanne, who had a heart transplant aged five months, suffers from a condition that completely closes the pulmonary valve, obstructing the outflow of blood from the heart to the lungs.

The condition can cause a baby to be blue in colour because there is no opening on the pulmonary valve for blood to get to the lungs and become oxygenated.

For more information about the charity, visit www.raysofsunshine.org.uk.

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