A LEGEND from the world of Welsh rugby has made a surprise visit to the home of a brave Pembrokeshire girl who has been raising money for cancer charities.

Eddie Butler is a household name in Wales highly regarded as a writer, broadcaster, sports commentator not to mention being a former Wales Rugby Captain and British Lion.

When visiting Pembrokeshire recently, Eddie made a surprise visit to the home of Amelie Kessels in Haverfordwest to present her with a cheque for £1,000 in support of her Amelie’s Rainbow charity appeal.

On April 4, 2017, 10-year-old Amelie, the daughter of Lisa Kessels and the granddaughter of Pat and Anthony Bowen, was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Two days later she underwent surgery at the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales.

Over the 12 months that followed Amelie received six weeks of Radiotherapy and eight months of chemotherapy.

She was grateful for the support she and her family were receiving from the Noah’s Ark Charity and their affiliated cancer charities, and decided she wanted to start her own appeal, so Amelie’s Rainbow came into being.

The money presented came from a recent fundraising evening at The Bristol Trader when Eddie, giving his time free of charge, regaled stories relating to all aspects of his colourful life to a packed house.

The Bristol Trader also raised money by giving toast and marmalade on Saturday mornings to a group of coffee drinkers in return for charitable donations.

From the combined funds raised, £1,000 was donated to Amelie’s Rainbow bringing her current total ever closer to an impressive £30,000.

Following his visit to the family home, Eddie Butler said he enjoyed meeting Amelie, now 11 and her older brother Hugo and was inspired by the magnificent sum raised by such a remarkable young girl.

A sum of £750 was also donated to Pembrokeshire Friends of Prostate Cymru.