A six year-old girl who was diagnosed with a brain tumour as a baby has reached number one on the Amazon Music Chart with a charity Christmas single.
Within days of the song’s release, the seasonal classic shot straight to the top of the Amazon download charts, ahead of Stormzy and The X Factor Celebrities.
Lyra was just five months old when she underwent emergency surgery to remove a brain tumour.
She was initially misdiagnosed with a virus after losing her appetite and suffering from vomiting.
But luckily, her tumour – which was the size of an orange – was successfully removed during an 11-hour long operation.
Within months Lyra was struggling to see and underwent a second procedure a year later which restored her sight.
Since surviving her health battles, Lyra has now become a mini superstar and performs in the music video for her song too.
Shot by aunt Jessie Hawkes, who is the creative director of media company The Digital Ladder, the charming video features a number of locations across the Bristol area such as Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier.
Proud dad Dan said: “We have been overwhelmed by the support for Lyra’s single. It’s exceeded all of our expectations and has just been incredible.
“Mostly importantly, we are raising much-needed funds for Brain Tumour Research and helping to raise awareness of this terrible disease.
“She’s proved that she is such a little superstar.”
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.
Since its release, the song has garnered more than 100,000 views on YouTube within a week and has even received attention from various celebs, including Sir Cliff Richard himself.
The song currently still stands at number one in the Amazon Music Chart, but will only stay at the top so long as people continue downloading the song.
Appearing on This Morning earlier this week, Lyra, her dad and her auntie spoke to Phil and Holly about their reasons behind recording the song.
Jessie Hawkes said: “Sadly only 20 per cent of children diagnosed, actually survive brain tumours, so whilst Lyra’s so fortunate, we want to use our story to raise the money to try and get more funding for this disease.”
Hoping at the time that her song would top the charts, Lyra added: “I’m really hoping that the song keeps climbing the Christmas charts.
“And I would really like to be number one. That would be a dream come true.”
Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet historically, just one per cent of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease, Brain Tumour Research says.