A TEENAGE girl who bravely fought leukaemia will now be helping grant the wishes of youngsters in a similar position to the one she was once in.

Jasmine Taylor, 16, from Witney has joined Make-A-Wish UK’s STARboard following a successful application and interview.

The teenager is one of 10 young people recruited to the new advisory board as part of the charity’s aspiration to become a child-led organisation by 2021.

She will represent the South East and London regions in the group, who are all aged between 13 and 20.

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“Everyone who has been granted a wish between the ages of 11 and 20 in the last three years received an email asking for applications,” she said.

“I had such an amazing wish myself, which helped me come to terms with the disease I had.

“I’m quite excited to have some sort of impact on people’s lives.”

Jasmine was diagnosed with leukaemia in November 2016, just after her 13th birthday.

“It was really strange because we knew it could’ve been leukaemia but it was still strange to come to terms with,” she said.

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For the first eight months after her diagnosis, she was in an out of hospital, then had a round of chemotherapy in tablet form.

In total, Jasmine had just under three years of treatment.

She was granted her own wish last year when she met her favourite artist, pop star Ariana Grande, at a concert at the O2 in London.

She said: “It was literally the best day of my life - I got to take my best friend Jessica and my mum too.

“We met her before the concert and I was shaking so much before I met her - when I saw her, I just started crying.

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“We got to sit down and talk to her and she was really down to earth, it was really cool.

“We got really good seats for the concert and she was really close to us.”

The trio were escorted around the capital in a limousine and were also treated to a visit to Buckingham Palace, where they were able to go into some of the state rooms, and ate at Jasmine’s favourite restaurant Nobu, which serves Japanese cuisine.

The teenager has recently finished her studies at Wood Green School and her ambition is to become a doctor.

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In preparation for that, she is enrolling at the Sixth Form at Wood Green and will study biology, chemistry and maths.

She said: “I’ve always had an interest in science and since my diagnosis, I’ve had an inside view of what it’s like in hospitals, and I want to help people.”

Make-A-Wish chief executive Jason Suckley said: “Every day, the lives of 15 families in the UK are changed forever when their child is diagnosed with a serious illness.

“Having a wish provides something positive on the horizon and we feel it’s vital that young people are at the centre of making those wishes as brilliant and memorable as they can be.”