A POORLY little girl was chosen to turn on the Christmas lights at cancer hospital Weston Park.

Darcy Burke, six, from Beech Court, Darfield, was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour in March and was chosen to turn on the hospital’s Christmas lights display in recognition of her bravery while undergoing extensive radiotherapy treatment.

She featured in the poignant video about Weston Park Hospital's lights which was shown to sports stars and members of the Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce's festive lunch.

The video was shown to personalities such as Barnsley FC player Bobby Hassell, former coach John Breckin, and British Superbikes rider Kingsley Ruddy, from Hoyland.

It took place at the Holiday Inn to back the charity's Christmas Star Appeal, which encourages people to donate a gift.

Bobby said: "The hospital does a fantastic job helping cancer patients in our region and as a patron of the charity I hope that I can help raise more money and awareness of their vital work."

Proceeds from ticket sales, a raffle and auction totalling £2,200 were donated to the appeal.

It's hoped the initiative will raise more than £15,000 for the charity.

Catherine Rhone, of Weston Park, said the money raised would help fund 'world-class cancer research and treatments' which would give more families the chance of spending more Christmases together.