Leeds cancer girl's Emmerdale visit

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A teenage girl who is battling cancer had her dream come true when she visited the Emmerdale set.

Emmerdale mad Shannon Bain, 14, who is undergoing treatment for leukaemia at St James's Hospital, was picked by the Leeds-based Make a Dream charity, who arranged a VIP visit to the Yorkshire Television set.

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Shannon, who has had to learn how to walk, talk and eat all over again after complications with her cancer treatment, went to the YTV studios and to the Emmerdale outdoor location set at Harewood with sister Kaylie, 11, mum Carrie Ferguson, 31, and Carrie's partner Howard Thompson.

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They were picked up in a posh pink limousine from their home in Harrogate and taken to the studios where they met Tom Lister, who plays Carl King, Nick Miles, who plays Jimmy King, and Scarlett, played by Kelsey-Beth Crossley.

Shannon, who attends Boroughbridge High School, said: "Its been a great day so far, in the pink limo, then onto the Emmerdale set. I am collecting some autographs and really excited."

Shannon watches Emmerdale whenever she can along with her mum and

younger sister.

Howard said: "They are all Emmerdale mad."

Shannon was first diagnosed on Christmas Eve 2008. She had been unwell and run down and had various tests.

"At first we thought it was just glandular fever or something, then a doctor turned up at our door with results that Christmas Eve with the bad news," said Howard.

"We couldn't believe it at first. It has been a tough couple of years, but thankfully Shannon is doing ever so well. She has been very brave.

It has been like a nightmare at times.

"After the first month on chemotherapy she got a perforated bowel, had a stroke and her brain was starved of oxygen, so she had some brain damage. She really has made a remarkable recovery. She has literally had to learn how to do everything again. She has done ever so well.

"Its great to see her back at school as she had around a year off."

Her mum said the care she had received at Leeds General Infirmary and St James's Hospital had been brilliant

Shannon added: "Its really strange to see them in real life, especially

the Woolpack."

Francine Levin, of Make a Dream, said: "Shannon has had a wonderful day on the set of Emmerdale. We aim to make dreams come true and this is what Shannon wanted to do more than anything."

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