Double amputee and singing show winner Tilly Lockey kicks off Big Weekend
She won CBBC show 'Got What It Takes’ which earned her the spot at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend
Before Ed Sheeran took to the stage, social media star, singer and fundraiser Tilly Lockey took to the stage as a warm up before it was officially kicked off by megastar Ed Sheeran. The video of her performance can be seen below.
Inspirational Tilly was diagnosed with meningitis in 2007 and her parents were told to prepare for the worst. She battled against the illness and returned home after four weeks in hospital and 10 blood transfusions, but her hands and toes were so badly damaged they had to be amputated.
These days, Tilly Lockey is an entrepreneurs, a global ambassador for Bristol based ‘Open Bionics’ (who manufacture her 3D printed lower limb prosthesis the ‘HeroArm’) and travels the world as an inspirational speaker. She is also a presenter on SKY TV’s kids news programme FYI: For Your Info as well as a model, influencer, makeup blogger, actor and singer. Tilly recently won the CBBC singing TV programme ‘Got What It Takes’ which earned her the spot at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend in Coventry.
She won the competition with a performance of Sia's Bird Set Free, which included a self-penned rap about shrugging off judgement from others and not to worry about conforming. On her self-penned lyrics, she youngster said: "It was a day I was feeling quite angry with the world about discrimination, ableism and racism. I wrote a journal entry about how I felt and turned it into a rap and put it in a song to sing on Got What it Takes"
A very well deserved spot on the big stage for an inspirational teenager!
Tilly with all her new Big Weekend pals...
Before TILLY's performance she appeared 'LIVE' on CBBC's Saturday Mashup