WORCESTER’S newest – and youngest – television star got to meet another celebrity last week.
Georgie Gibbs from St John’s, who has cerebral palsy and featured in an ITV documentary called Secret Life of Babies broadcast last week, met the singer and presenter at Merry Hill shopping centre in Brierley Hill on Saturday, June 7.
Mum Clare Telford said she along with 20-month-old Georgie and her three-year-old sister Ella had got up early to queue to meet the – who was visiting the centre to promote his new album Big Night.
“By the time we got there there were already about 600 people waiting,” she said.
“Luckily one of the security guards spotted Georgie in her walking frame and took us right to the front.
“They let us into the area before they opened for the signing. I let Georgie walk up to him and he said ‘oh wow isn’t she gorgeous’.
“He was really compassionate – time wasn’t a problem even though there were 600 people waiting behind us.”
Georgie, who was diagnosed with the condition after being born 11 week premature, was picked to appear in the programme – which was narrated by Doc Martin actor Martin Clunes – to highlight the struggles around growing up with cerebral palsy.
The programme showed Miss Telford and her daughter going swimming with Worcester's Water Babies group and showed the difference spending time in the water had made to Georgie's condition.
Miss Telford said since the documentary was first broadcast on ITV 1 on Tuesday, June 3 many parents with children with cerebral palsy had reached out to her on Facebook.
“Lots of parents have said to me they really related to what I was saying and could we keep in touch,” she said.
“I don’t know anyone else with cerebral palsy so it’s been an education for me to learn from other parents.
“We’ve made some new friends as well.”
Secret Life of Babies is still available to view at www.itvplayer.com.