A MUM and her two-year-old daughter’s story caused tears to stream down the faces of many at a fundraising event.

An emotional film featuring Christie Hermiston and her daughter Elise Bancks, who has cerebral palsy, was shown on a big screen at Scope’s annual Inspirations Dinner in London.

After the film Christie, 29, took to the stage to talk to the 400 people in attendance about her feelings when Elise was diagnosed with the condition and how the disability charity has since helped them.

She was then interviewed by TV presenter Clare Balding.

Christie, of Buttercup Close, Atherton, said: “I was terrified about speaking in front of so many people but I am glad I did because I have had so many positive comments since.

“People said it was inspirational, and there were people crying when they saw the film.

“I was really pleased and honoured to speak about our story.

“It is great to get it out there to as many people as possible to raise awareness of the fact there is help available from charities like Scope.

“Clare was lovely too – she made me feel relaxed and was genuinely interested in my story.”

Elise was diagnosed with cerebral palsy a few weeks before last Christmas.

Scope chose her story to raise awareness of the work it does and help other families in similar situations over the festive period.

The fundraising dinner raised £230,000 for the charity.

A spokesman for Scope said: “A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to making the night such a memorable and successful occasion.”

Christie will continue to work with Scope on other projects, such as raising awareness of how the charity helps women suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder following a harrowing birth.

She suffered from PTSD after Elise was born.

A blog of Elise’s life is on the Elise Smashed It Facebook page.

For more information about Scope visit scope.org.uk.