An 11-year-old Bristol girl who was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer in 2007 and suffered blindness, loss of consciousness and seizures has been given her own pony by wish granting charity Starlight.

Called Bailey and donated by a mystery donor in Devon, the pony was given to Paige Brown of Backwell at the Youngwood Green stable yard in Nailsea on 15 May.

Paige has successfully recovered from the cancer after having a tumour removed from her pelvic region.

She had to endure five weeks in hospital and months of chemotherapy.

This is the first time Starlight has been able to fulfill a wish in this way.

Paige’s mum, Kirstie, said her daughter was thrilled.

“Paige has been an avid pony lover all her life and the hardest part of her illness was not being able to ride,” she said. “When we collected Bailey she didn’t have a clue that she was about to get her own pony. She was completely surprised by the whole thing.”

The mystery donor came forward after Paige’s story was published in the Starlight newsletter.