Lets go back to November 2014, widower Richard Yallop sent out a Facebook plea to get his daughter Emily a message from One Direction.
Rick lost his wife Bella to Leukemia in September 2014 and him and his two daughters Emily and Ruby were still mourning their loss. Shortly before she passed away ( a month after she was diagnosed) Bella had promised Emily a 1D themed birthday party. After her death, Super dad Richard took on the promise. But he had no clue where to start, he wasn’t sure what would come of the post, he just wanted to see his daughter smile again.
In just two weeks the message had gone viral, being shared more than 80,000 times and reaching people all across the globe – including Louis’s Mum , Johannah Deakin, and the charity Believe in Magic.
Zayn Malik personally recorded a video message for Emily saying the boys wanted to invite her to a show.
In the clip sent , Zayn said:
“Hello Emily, it’s Zayn here from One Direction, heard you were a big fan so I just wanted to do this little message to let you know that I’m thinking of you, I hope you’re OK and also just to let you know me and the boys want to invite you to one of the shows, so whenever you’re available get in a car and come see us.”
At the time Richard said:
I can’t thank everyone enough, everyone who shared the page on Facebook, liked the page, all of Team Emily 1Dream. It’s just blown me away.”
Emily got to meet the band.But then Richard couldn’t believe it when he received a call from Johannah inviting them to Louis’ charity event, the Cinderella Ball.
But her fairy tale did not end at the stroke of midnight. Richard kept in touch with Johannah via Facebook . Emily and Richard were then invited to be VIP guests at One Direction’s concert at the O2 Arena.
A car shuttled them to their “once in a lifetime” opportunity where they sat in the front row.
“We went backstage to meet them and they were having group pictures, then Louis just stepped away from his friends and said ‘alright gorgeous’ and picked her up.
“She was over the moon, it was a dream come true and I was so touched. He just dropped everything and stepped out to her.
“The boys are just unbelievable and for Louis to take his time out for her, it’s amazing.
“Louis’ mum has been our fairy god mother, It’s made a world of difference, Emily is so much more cheerful and she is smiling again.”