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Adele visits seriously ill Belfast fan Rebecca Gibney

By Angela Rainey

Adele has captured the public’s heart after surprising a terminally ill east Belfast child with a bedside visit.

The songstress, who was in Belfast starting her world tour, responded to an online appeal by Tracy Gibney to grant disabled daughter Rebecca’s wish of meeting the star.

Determined to get Adele’s attention, Tracy started an online campaign on change.org with the emotional plea: “I have a very sick daughter who has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, can’t walk or talk and is tube fed, she has recently became bed bound.

"She listens to Adele from she gets up in the morning until her bedtime. All I am asking for is for Adele to FaceTime wee Rebecca or send her a video message. It would be her dream come true, Please, please help me for my beautiful sick little daughter.”

Numerous emails were sent to Adele’s manager with no response. Then to the family’s surprise, the chart topper took time out from her sell-out concerts at SSE Arena, to visit disabled Rebecca at her Short Strand home.

Rebecca (12), who is blind was given just six months to live by doctor’ in December, but despite her tragic prognosis, her joy is ignited each day when mum Tracy plays Adele songs to her all day long. Her family say just hearing Adele’s albums lights up her face and her life.

Mum Tracy says she’s overjoyed about the visit.

“I can’t believe it, I’m just over the moon,” said the mother of three who is also a big fan.

“My daughter got to meet the person that she loved and that’s what I’ll always take with me for the rest of my life.

“Adele played with her hair, and held her hand and asked her all about Frozen. She was really lovely.”

Kindhearted Adele also offered the family free tickets to see her concert which ran for two nights.

The unannounced arrival was a welcome surprise, not just for Tracy and Rebecca but for adoring fans across Northern Ireland.

After reading the shock news and seeing the pictures shared by Rebecca’s older sister Joanna on Facebook, heartfelt comments flooded in. Joanna posted: “My baby sister’s dream just came true, Adele came to visit her! So happy.”

Nuala Doherty commented: “That’s amazing, I’m so delighted for you all. Credit to Adele for making this sick child’s dream come true. xx”

Nicole McGrillen added: “This made me so happy! Over the moon for you, so glad she got to meet her xxx.”

The pictures were also posted onto Twitter by Sinn Fein councillor Niall O’Donnghaile, who added: “Thank you so much Adele for visiting the beautiful Rebecca in the Short Strand today. Made her and (mum) Tracy’s year!”

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