Pop star’s vis­its just part of Mix for fan

Sunday Sun - - News - By So­nia Sharma Reporter so­nia.sharma@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

LIT­TLE Mix star Jade Thirl­wall has earned praise for putting a smile on one dis­abled fan’s face.

The South Shields-born singer has thrilled Ge­or­gia Thomp­son with a num­ber of heart­warm­ing ges­tures over the years.

Ge­or­gia, 15, who has cere­bral palsy, is a huge Lit­tle Mix fan and has turned her bed­room into a shrine to the chart-top­pers.

There are pic­tures, posters and mer­chan­dise all over her room.

Now as the teenager pre­pares to see her favourite band in con­cert for the 14th time, her dad Ge­orge re­vealed how Jade turned up at their house to sur­prise her.

Ge­or­gia, a pupil at Bam­burgh School, had had com­pli­cated surgery on her legs and was re­cov­er­ing at home when the star knocked on their door.

Jade then spent an hour or so chat­ting to her and gave her a signed photo.

It all hap­pened be­cause the singer used to fre­quent a pizza shop where Ge­orge worked at the time – Abra Piz­zas, on Mile End Road.

Ge­orge, 49, of South Shields, said: “Some years ago, just af­ter Lit­tle Mix was formed, Jade came into the shop and I told her that my daugh­ter was a huge fan.

“She picked up one of the or­der pads we had and wrote a note along the lines of ‘ To Ge­or­gia, lots of love Jade’.

“I told her my daugh­ter wouldn’t be­lieve me if I gave her the note, so she held it up and posed for a pic­ture. When I showed it to Ge­or­gia, she was over the moon.”

On an­other oc­ca­sion, Jade was in the shop again and Ge­orge told her Ge­or­gia had just had a ma­jor op­er­a­tion. Jade took their ad­dress and promised to pop round.

“I told her Ge­or­gia had been in hos­pi­tal and wasn’t feel­ing very well,” said Ge­orge. “She took my ad­dress but I never thought she would ac­tu­ally come round.

“But one morn­ing, she just turned up. There was a knock on the door and there she was, with her mum.

“I told Ge­or­gia ‘there’s some­one here to see you.’ When she saw Jade, she started scream­ing, i I’ve never seen her jump so high.

“Jade stayed for about an hour, talked to Ge­or­gia and gave her a signed pic­ture of her­self.”

And when the teenager went to watch Lit­tle Mix per­form at Durham County Cricket Club in July, the fam­ily say Jade spot­ted Ge­or­gia in the au­di­ence, recog­nised her and mouthed ‘hello’.

The su­per­fan was at the group’s con­cert at the Metro Ra­dio Arena in New­cas­tle last night.

Ge­orge added: “She ab­so­lutely loves them – she has loved them from the be­gin­ning. She knows the words to all their songs.

“When Jade came round to see her and gave her a signed photo, it was one of the best things to hap­pen to her.

“It was a won­der­ful ges­ture.”

Lit­tle Mix fan Ge­or­gia Thomp­son, 15, from South Shields who met her idol Jade from the band, inset

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