THE dream of meeting pop heroes One Direction is to become reality for a little girl battling a debilitating condition.
A social media storm was whipped up when Georgia Edwards’ mum Katie started a campaign in the hope of getting five-year-old Georgia – who has Rett syndrome – the chance to meet her favourite band.
The campaign was launched shortly after fans worldwide were left heartbroken earlier this week when the group announced they would take a year-long hiatus, though they stressed they were not splitting up permanently.
Katie, of Heol Offa, Johnstown, set about trying to arrange for Georgia to meet her heroes before they take a break from the group.
Less than 48 hours later, her wishes were granted.
Katie, 28, was contacted by Louis Tomlinson’s mum, Johannah Deakin, inviting the family to come to a gig and meet the band.
She said: “We are always singing and dancing along to One Direction and it never fails to put a smile on Georgia’s face despite everything she’s been through.
“It is absolutely a dream come true.
“To think a couple of nights ago I came up with the idea for the campaign when I couldn’t sleep and 48 hours later we’ve achieved our goal is incredible.
“We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the response. We told Georgia this morning and she’s over the moon.
“We really wanted to it to happen but we didn’t think it would be this fast. It has been a whirlwind.
“Georgia has been through so much recently and it’s amazing for us to have something to look forward to after it all.
“With Georgia having faced a particularly hard 12 months in which we have seen much physical and health deterioration her fighting spirit has remained.
“A lot of that is thanks to the ability that popping her headphones on with One Direction blaring out has to put a smile back on her face.
“She’s excited to meet them all but Niall [Horan] is her favourite – he gets the most kisses on her poster.”
During the last 18 months Rett syndrome has cost Georgia the ability to walk, communicate clearly and use her hands.
She is now suffering from seizures and is having to take even more medication to try to bring them under control.
Georgia’s family including Katie, dad Gavin, 31, and brother Charlie, seven, have rallied round to stay positive following this latest twist to Georgia’s health.