Young char­ity star earns Palace visit

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community Life - BY JAY GRENBY

ROYAL RECOG­NI­TION of the ef­forts of a Bore­ham­wood 12-year-old who raised over £23,000 for char­i­ties to mark her bat­mitz­vah was an in­vi­ta­tion to a Buck­ing­ham Palace party last week cel­e­brat­ing Blue Peter’s 50th birth­day. Dani Ja­cob­son met the Queen and re­ceived a ju­bilee edi­tion of the fa­mous Blue Peter badge.

The North Lon­don Col­le­giate pupil had earned the money by com­plet­ing the equiv­a­lent of a cross-chan­nel swim­ming marathon — 1,408 lengths of her lo­cal pool. Her main goal was to help the char­i­ties and groups which had sup­ported her sis­ter Talya, 14, who suf­fers from cere­bral palsy.

Dani’s royal date was the cul­mi­na­tion of an ex­cit­ing week. Firstly, mother Bev­er­ley took her into Lon­don on the ruse of a den­tal ap­point­ment. In­stead, they were met by a TV crew fronted by Blue Peter’s new­est pre­sen­ter Joel De­fries. Told only that a big sur­prise awaited her, she was whisked off in a taxi to the Dorch­ester Ho­tel, where “room ser­vice” her­alded the en­try of High School Mu­si­cal heart-throb Zac Efron, who pre­sented a stunned Dani not just with the in­vi­ta­tion to Buck­ing­ham Palace but also with two tick­ets for that evening’s pre­miere of the High School Mu­si­cal 3 movie.

A Blue Peter film team also vis­ited the Ja­cob­son home to cap­ture Dani help­ing her sis­ter with her daily rou­tine. The footage was shown as part of Blue Peter’s 50th birth­day spe­cial.

Dani was ac­com­pa­nied to the Palace party by her sis­ter and her fa­ther Alan. She con­fided that she had felt “a bit scared” by the whole ex­pe­ri­ence.

Dani Ja­cob­son with Zac Efron and Blue Peter pre­sen­ter Joel De­fries

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