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Six-year-old Lyra releases Christmas single to help find a cure

A little girl who was diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was a baby has released a charity single this Christmas to help find a cure for the disease.

Lyra Cole, aged six, from Highbridge in Somerset, has made the recording of the Christmas classic When a Child is Born to raise money for Brain Tumour Research. She and her family know all too well the pain of a brain tumour diagnosis. Lyra was just five months old when she underwent emergency surgery. Initially misdiagnosed with a virus, her symptoms had included loss of appetite and vomiting.

Lyra was one of the lucky ones; her tumour – which was the size of an orange – was successfully removed in an operation lasting 11 hours.

Now, with the help of her aunt Jessie Hawkes, who is the creative director of a media company, Lyra was recorded the single and performs in the music video which accompanies it. Money from the sale of the single will go to Brain Tumour Research and the family has also set up a Facebook fundraiser for the charity.

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