Jessica makes great progress

Jessica Fay (central with bucket) hosts an event at Kiddy Chaos to raise money for the Rainbow Child Foundation

Jessica Fay (central with bucket) hosts an event at Kiddy Chaos to raise money for the Rainbow Child Foundation

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A young Burnley meningitis survivor is busy raising charity cash as she prepares to represent England in an international modelling competition.

Jessica Fay (7) is driving up funds for the Rainbow Child Foundation as part of her place in “Face of the Globe”, and has already raised £540.

The starlet, who currently features on the Hallowe’en themed Better Bathrooms advert with her brother Denver, will soon compete in the grand finals of the contest in Disneyland, Paris.

But before her fairytale adventure, she has managed to squeeze in another fund-raiser - putting on a party at Kiddy Chaos for around one hundred of her friends from St John’s RC Primary School. Students from Blessed Trinity RC College were also in attendance to lend a helping hand.

Her proud mum Laura Bell (28) said: “It was absolutely heaving - we packed the place out - and Kiddy Chaos have said we can come along again next year.

“Last year Face of the Globe raised £45,000 for the Rainbow Child Foundation, so hopefully we can raise even more this year.”

Little actress Jessica is also donating 10% of all her modelling wages to the cause.

The youngster, who lives in the Brunshaw area of Burnley, hit the headlines in the Burnley Express when she contracted the deadly meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia when she was only three months old.

Her positive and bubbly nature throughout her recovery has also seen her recently win a 2BR local hero award.

Laura added: “Jessica has been raising money for different charities for six years. She is a great kid - so sociable, and happy all the time.”