A SIX-year-old girl who beat cancer "feels great" to be back at school with her friends after finishing her chemotherapy treatment.

Ellie Rieveley, from Astley, lost her hair after being diagnosed with acute lymphblastic leukemia in November 2016 and started a course of chemotherapy.

The St Stephen's CE Primary School pupil had treatment every day for two years and two months until her last day of treatment in December.

And last month Ellie went to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital where she was presented with a certificate and rang a bell to symbolise the end of her treatment.

A party was also held for her at Tyldesley Rugby Union Football Club where £1,600 was raised for charity Children with Cancer UK, which paid for her chemotherapy trial.

More than 100 people went to the event.

When Ellie was having chemotherapy she only went to school occasionally as her immune system was low and she was at risk of catching infections.

Her mum Leanne said: "Ellie feels great, she is so happy back to school and with her friends.

"It feels great that the money raised will help the charity and Ellie knows it will make a difference to other children in the future."

After an intensive course of treatment when Ellie was first diagnosed, she was declared to be in a state of remission.

Doctors then put Ellie on the long-term chemotherapy course to ensure she was fully cured of her cancer.

Follow up tests confirmed that the treatment was successful.

At the party on February 17, singers Kez and Bex performed songs from the hit musical The Greatest Showman and a photobooth was set up for guests.

Prizes donated from businesses were handed out in a raffle and an auction.

Ellie's family, which includes her dad Ben and brothers Stanley, eight, and Chester, two, are now planning to go on a much-needed holiday.

A crowdfunding page set up by Ellie in support of Children with Cancer UK is still active. To donate to it click here.