A HIGHBRIDGE girl who survived a brain tumour will be recognised for her fundraising with an award from The Prime Minister.

Lyra Cole, 6, hit the headlines in December last year when she recorded a cover of the Christmas classic 'When A Child is Born' to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research, which helped her when she had emergency surgery as a baby.

The six-year-old was just five months old when she underwent emergency surgery to remove a brain tumour, which was the size of an orange, after being initially misdiagnosed with a virus.

Today (January 14) Lyra will be presented with the Points of Light award by Wells MP James Heappey at The Houses of Parliament .

She also received a personal letter from Prime Minister Boris Johnson who thanked her for her efforts.

The letter said: "I know you do this with no thought of praise or reward, but allow me to offer my own recognition on how your Christmas single is doing so much for ‘Brain Tumour Research’ and helping other children, like you, who they support.

"Well done for all that you have achieved."

In December last year, Lyra's song topped the Amazon download chart, beating acts such as Stormzy and Dua Lipa, and reached the top 20 in the UK Official Download Chart.

Lyra is one of the youngest ever recipients of the Points of Light award, which recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.

Lyra said: “I’m really excited. I’m really happy that I’ve raised money for ‘Brain Tumour Research’.

"I’m really, really, really happy and thank you for my award.”

Susan Castle-Smith, Head of PR at Brain Tumour Research, said the charity is thrilled Lyra's single has raised awareness of the condition.

“Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer yet, historically, just 1 per cent of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease," Susan said

“Lyra’s story has done so much to inspire other people whose lives are touched by brain tumours and we are extremely grateful for all that she has done for the charity. She is a thoroughly deserving recipient of this prestigious award.”