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Jeremy Kyle fan meets her idol thanks to Make-A-Wish
Updated 2:33pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014 in News
Dreams come true: Destiny Boyton came face to face with her idol Jeremy Kyle thanks to Make-A-Wish Foundation UK (s)
JEREMY Kyle may be more used to meeting cheating spouses, thieving neighbours and warring lovers but he came face to face with his biggest fan at the set of the infamous show.
Destiny Boyton, from Warndon Villages, Worcester, met her hero after Make-A-Wish Foundation UK organised for the 18-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, to travel to the studios in Manchester.
Mum Carolynne said her daughter was "in her element" throughout the day as she spent time with Jeremy and the show's psychotherapist Graham Stanier as well as enjoyed a VIP tour around the studios.
For the special overnight trip, Destiny was accompanied by her mum and senior carer Drynda Hampson.
The television presenter, known as Jezza by fans of the show, spoke with Destiny before the trio watched the filming of two shows from the comfort of the Green Room.
Destiny was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth and has three types of epilepsy.
Surgery to fix her curving spine resulted in acid reflux during and after an operation, which burnt her lungs, and left her very susceptible to chest infections. The teenager has breathing problems and attends hospital twice a year to have antibiotics inserted into her veins to prevent infections.
Destiny's mum, 52, said: "She watches the show every single day, we record them and she watches them back-to-back, and loves the ruckus.
"When Jeremy opened the door of his dressing room I didn't think she was going to recognise him because it was out of context but her face immediately lit up as he said hello.
"He was lovely, so wonderful, the day was all about Destiny so we took a step back and let her enjoy it
"Jeremy was brilliant with her and everyone treated her like a VIP, we were made to feel so comfortable."
The experience has made Mrs Boyton determined to raise money for Make-A-Wish and is organising a mad hat party as well as future events.
"I'm going to make it my mission to give back as much as I can because they didn't skimp on anything at all.
"What those people do for youngsters is just brilliant - and it is not just the child that benefits.
"To know that someone else cares about your child so much, I could never repay that."