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Last Updated: Sunday, 12 December, 2004, 20:58 GMT
Little Kirsty lands BBC honour
Kirsty Howard
Millions watched Kirsty at the Commonwealth Games
Terminally-ill child Kirsty Howard has been honoured with the Helen Rollason Award at the 2004 BBC Sports Personality of the Year show.

Kirsty was chosen after showing incredible courage and determination to raise money for other children.

She famously stole the nation's heart two years ago when, clutching David Beckham's hand, she presented the baton to the Queen at the Commonwealth Games.

Her charity, Kirsty's Appeal, has already raised 3m for poorly children.

The nine-year-old was presented the award during the show on Sunday evening.

Kirsty has an inoperable heart condition, having been born with her heart back to front, so all other organs are misplaced.

Despite being given just six weeks to live in 1999, Kirsty has battled on in the face of adversity to touch the hearts of millions including some of the world's most famous sports stars, such as Beckham and Sir Alex Ferguson.

It was because of her fighting spirit that she was chosen to appear with her friend Beckham at the opening ceremony of the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

2004: Kirsty Howard
2000: Tanni Grey Thompson 1999: Jenny Pitman

She met the football idol a year earlier when she walked out with the team with a 20kg oxygen tank in tow before England's crucial match against Greece in the World Cup qualifiers.

She has now become well-known as the face of the campaign to raise urgently needed funds for Francis House, a children's hospice in Manchester where Kirsty is a regular visitor.

The Kirsty Appeal is bidding to raise 5m.

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