A CHILD celebrated being cancer free for one whole year with a special visit to meet Peppa Pig in Northfield.
Persian Bristoll, who is four-years-old, was diagnosed with a life-threatening Wilms tumour in his kidney and lungs when he was just two.
Persian had to undergo ten months of gruelling treatment at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, including chemotherapy and radiotherapy – he even had a kidney removed.
But, it was a happy event when the youngster got to join hundreds of other excited fans to meet the cheeky piglet in person at Northfield Shopping Centre – he even got to have a cuddle with his favourite star.
The character waved and danced for the children who were all excited to have their photos taken with the beloved character.
Persian’s mum Kate said her son had his last chemotherapy treatment a year ago to the day.
She added: “He’s made up to meet Peppa Pig he’s a massive fan so it’s a real treat.
“We’re treating it like a birthday – he had presents this morning, then we’ve brought him out shopping to Northfield, he’s met Peppa Pig, and then tomorrow we’re having a party.
“Northfield couldn’t have timed it better – they put it on Facebook that Peppa was coming and I thought that was just perfect.”
Seven-year-old Eloise Middleton from Rednal, also went along with her mum and younger sister and brother.
She said: “It’s really exciting – it’s the best day of half-term, I really like Peppa Pig.
“I’ve only ever seen her on the telly before.”
Pete Barber, Northfield Shopping Centre’s manager, said Peppa Pig was a very popular television character so they were expecting a big response.
“It was lovely to see so many smiling, happy faces.
“In particular our staff would like to congratulate Persian Bristoll’s family on his landmark achievement of being one year cancer free.
“We are delighted they chose to celebrate the day at Northfield Shopping Centre and we wish them all the very best for the future.”