Oscar Burrow, seven, was star struck as the Princess of Wales knelt to ask him about his impressive fundraising efforts for Derian House Children’s Hospice at a royal carol concert on Friday evening.
The pint-sized fundraiser, of Lancaster, told Princess Kate that he has climbed 12 mountains to raise money for poorly children during the third annual Together at Christmas carol concert at Westminster Abbey.
Princess Kate told Oscar that he “must have very strong muscles” and that she hoped what he is doing will inspire other children to do amazing things.
Oscar hit headlines across the globe earlier this year when he completed a mammoth endurance challenge, climbing 12 UK mountains to the height of Mt Everest.
He raised £40,000 for Derian House Children’s Hospice – enough to send 40 families on what could be their last holiday together.
Oscar’s chat with Princess Kate hit national headlines this weekend – appearing in the Daily Mail, The Sun, The Telegraph, and People Magazine.
The pair were watched by Oscar’s smiling mother, Kimberley Burrow.
“What an amazing service in Westminster Abbey – it was so heart-warming and felt very festive.” Said Kim.
“Oscar was all suited and booted for the occasion and enjoyed chatting with Princess Kate, who told him that she had heard all about what he has done and that she thinks he is doing a fantastic job. She smiled too when he told her he was very excited to visit the Lego store after the service.”
Oscar also spotted his favourite children’s author and McFly guitarist Tom Fletcher and ran over to tell him he is currently reading his book – Space Band.
“Oscar wasn’t even phased to see his favourite author.” Said Kim.
“We both had an incredible time at the service. We are all so proud of everything Oscar has achieved this year and we hope we can continue raising awareness of what Derian House does for its children and families.”
Kate was joined at her annual Christmas carol service by Prince William and children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Karen Edwards OBE, Chief Executive of Derian House, attended the carol concert and even bumped into former England and Manchester United footballer Rio Ferdinand.
She said: “I was absolutely blown away by the carol concert – it was such a wonderful evening celebrating children who have gone above and beyond for charity. It was great to see some famous faces too.
“What a way for little Oscar’s amazing efforts to be recognised. We are in awe of what he has achieved and are incredibly grateful for the money he has raised for Derian House – it will make a huge difference to our children and families.”
Derian House Children’s Hospice cares for more than 400 babies, children and young people as well as their families. The Chorley-based charity will cost £6million to run this year, and only receives a small percentage of this from funding.
Find out more: www.derianhouse.co.uk