Close-up to F1 and A1 for young fan from Mold

Published date: 25 February 2014 |
Published by: Owen Evans 
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A YOUNG girl suffering from two forms of cancer got the chance to sit in a Formula One hotseat – a day after being delighted to meet boy band A1.

Lauryn Robinson, eight, had the experience-of-a-lifetime when tyre manufacturer Pirelli brought an F1 simulator to her school.

Along with fellow pupils at Ysgol Bryn Gwalia, Mold, Lauryn had the chance to experience what it would be like to drive a real F1 car.

And mum Emma, 34, said Lauryn had a natural talent for the skill.

She said: “She was really good at it and it was like being in a real Formula One car.

“She really enjoyed the whole experience.”

Mrs Robinson said Lauryn is a massive F1 fan, even being given a cap worn by Lotus’ French driver Roman Grosjean at a race during this season through a friend.

She told the Leader her daughter was “thrilled to bits” about getting the hat and has since received another letter from the driver telling her to keep fighting.

As well as the F1 experience on Friday, Lauryn fulfilled another dream on Thursday when she met boyband A1.

Mrs Robinson said Lauryn, a massive fan of 90s music, was thrilled to meet the band – who have reformed as part of ITV show The Big Reunion.

She said: “They spent a couple of hours with her, and sang to her. She absolutely loved it – it was amazing.”

The band could not believe Lauryn was a fan because of her age, her mum said.

“She doesn’t follow the crowd, she is unique,” she added.

Lauryn spent 19 weeks at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, fighting lymphoblastic leukaemia and Burkitts non-Hodgkins lymphoma. She is the only child suffering with the dual condition in the world.

Lauryn returned home to Mold in October after her chemotherapy spell and had been doing well in remission.

But late last year doctors told Lauryn and her family the cancer has returned in the form of a brain tumour.

Cancer was also found to have returned to her bone marrow.

Mrs Robinson said: “Obviously the cancer is back, but she is doing well.

“She is back at school and she is walking - she has an absolutely fantastic spirit.”

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