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Terri set to win German hearts

PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 January 2002 | UPDATED: 11:10 03 March 2010

A STORY of courage in the face of adversity like Terri Calvesbert's, crosses all boundaries, and is now to be shown on TV abroad.

The German TV network RTL - the equivalent to ITV - is to feature the feisty five-year-old on its prime-time evening show, Extra.

A STORY of courage in the face of adversity like Terri Calvesbert's, crosses all boundaries, and is now to be shown on TV abroad.

The German TV network RTL – the equivalent to ITV – is to feature the feisty five-year-old on its prime-time evening show, Extra.

A film crew from its London bureau arrived in Ipswich, on a mission to capture Terri on camera, for a slot on the small screen this week.

Terri, who suffered 85 per cent burns in a fire in 1998, enjoyed the opportunity to play with her toy.

She showed producer Tim Miles, cameraman Andrew Craig and assistant Marcus Rapp around her Whitton home.

They were guided by what she wanted to do, and her proud dad Paul, 27, let the crew take over his house for the afternoon.

Mr Miles said: "I look out for British stories which the German audience would appreciate, and the show features a lot of stories from the UK."

He first saw Terri in a magazine featuring this year's Children of Courage awards, which were reported in the Evening Star.

He added: "There were about ten deserving children there, but Terri stood out from the rest. There was just something about her feisty character. I'm sure that is what has brought her through.

"I think that her story will strike a chord with all parents. It will cross international boundaries."

Mr Miles said the five-minute film would probably be shown within a week, on Extra, a human interest programme.

He added: "I'm sure that people who see it, will want to send donations to the fund for her future."

The Terri Calvesbert Appeal, which has been run by the Evening Star for the past three years, will also get a mention on the programme.

The fund has raised about £95,000, with more promised, and recent donations include £51 collected by receptionists at Adastral Park, Martlesham in lieu of sending Christmas cards to each other, and £223 from a Christmas draw held by Hemingstone Fruit Farms.

Woodbridge mayor Les Binns and his wife Sylvia forwarded £50 from residents of Wilding Court sheltered housing centre in Portland Crescent, Woodbridge.

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