Brave Terri to feature in TV show

BRAVE Ipswich schoolgirl Terri Calvesbert is to feature in a television show about inspirational ten year olds, it was announced today.Channel Five is showing a programme called Extraordinary Ten Year Olds as part of its ten year anniversary celebrations.

BRAVE Ipswich schoolgirl Terri Calvesbert is to feature in a television show about inspirational ten year olds, it was announced today.

Channel Five is showing a programme called Extraordinary Ten Year Olds as part of its ten year anniversary celebrations.

Terri is one of three children filmed for the documentary who have triumphed over diversity.

The Evening Star revealed last month that film crews had visited Terri and her father Paul at their Shakespeare Road home. But it is only today we are able to reveal what the programme is about and when it will be screened.

Terri suffered 85per cent burns fire ripped through her home when she was 18 months. The Star has since followed her progress through dozens of operations and an appeal has raised more than £250,000 for her needs.

The programme, showing later this month, will also feature Danielle Griffin who has pseudo-achondroplasia, a rare form of dwarfism, and is likely to be trapped in her 2ft 6ins body for the rest of her life.

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The third story is about Callum Chapman who cares for his mother, Elli. Elli suffers from a genetic ligament deficiency that means she struggles to walk and spends much of her time in bed. Callum has become the man of the house and has been named Elli's main carer.

A channel Five spokesman said: “Each of these children has dealt with traumas that most adults will never experience in a lifetime.

“The film tells their stories and celebrates the heroics of three youngsters who, despite everything, remain lively, happy and grounded.

“Terri's spirit and bravery amaze everyone who meets her.

“She now attends an ordinary school, plays football and has lots of friends. But as well as celebrating how far Terri has come since the fire, this film looks at the prejudices she has had to face.

“Taken together, these ten-year-olds represent remarkable examples of children who have learnt to adapt to extreme lifestyles and situations.”

n Extraordinary Ten Year Olds will be on channel Five at 9pm on Monday, March 26.

N Do you have a message of support for Terri? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

CHANCELLOR Gordon Brown will be put under the spotlight when he faces a panel of ten-year olds in another programme celebrating Five's tenth anniversary

Gordon Brown Meets the Ten Year Olds will feature an audience of ten-year-olds from across the country who will quiz Mr Brown about issues close to their hearts.

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