AN inspirational six-year-old girl who sends certificates to sick children all over the world to try to cheer them up has been given a special prize by the Duke of Sussex

Lyla O’Donovan of Ushaw Moor, near Durham, has spent half her life in and out of hospital after being diagnosed with a brain tumour, aged three.

She was was delighted to be presented with the inspirational child category prize at the prestigious national 2019 WellChild Awards, at London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel.

Since her diagnosis, Lyla has had to deal with meningitis, hydrocephalus and needed to have a VP shunt implanted.

Despite everything she was facing, Lyla decided she wanted to make other children smile.

With her sister, Lilley, she set up ‘Lyla and Lilley’s Stars’ where the girls make certificates and send them all over the world to cheer up and recognise the bravery of other children facing problems.

Lyla has also been busy making memories, having fun with her five siblings and fundraising for charities. Among many other activities, Lyla raised money by recording her favourite song from the film Frozen, performed at the top of her voice.

Lyla’s mother, Kirsty O’Donovan, said: “For Lyla, making other children happy is the best medicine.

“She is so proud of herself when she sees a picture of another child smiling as they open a certificate from her.

“She is the bravest child I know and takes everything in her stride. We are so proud that she has been recognised with this WellChild Award.”

Speaking at the awards, Prince Harry said: “The stories that we’ve all just heard – of resilience, strength of spirit, and the power of working together – were without doubt, incredibly moving and motivating.

“They really sum up what WellChild is all about – giving families the best chance to care for their children at home, and supporting them through the reality of all that that entails.

“I would like to thank all the families here this evening. The mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters, and many other family members who are devoted to their children and giving them the best care possible. You are such fierce advocates for your children and doing everything in your power to give your family the best chance at a happy life. It is quite simply amazing.”