Children In Need: Mel Giedroyc in tears after heartbreaking story of four-year-old Vanessa
Mel Giedroyc and Graham Norton hosted a portion of the evening (Picture: BBC)

The night took an emotional turn as BBC One’s Children In Need showed the story of four-year-old, Vanessa, who was suffering from cancer.

Host Mel Giedroyc fought back tears as the devastating video came to an end, revealing that Vanessa hadn’t survived her battle with the life changing disease.

Children In Need: Mel Giedroyc in tears after heartbreaking story of four-year-old Vanessa
Children In Need told the story of four-year-old Vanessa (Picture: Children in Need/BBC)

Suffering from neuroblastoma, the brave four-year-old was seen going through countless treatments that eventually caused her to lose her hair and grow even more physically poorly in front of the viewers eyes.

Children In Need: Mel Giedroyc in tears after heartbreaking story of four-year-old Vanessa
Vanessa bought Mel to tears (Picture: Children in Need/BBC)

But despite her sufferings, which caused her to spend over 800 nights in hospital, young Vanessa narrated parts of her story with a confidence that succeeded her years, joking about her ‘annoying’ sisters, loving mozzerella and most of all – singing.

Vanessa pulled at the heartstrings of the viewers as she sung a version of Les Miserable’s On My Own with her voice coach Collette – funded by Children In Need.

After showing Vanessa’s last attempt at treatment fail, the video showed the youngster enjoying her last moments with friends and family before a black screen appeared revealing that Vanessa had died on the 6th September this year.

Mel along with the viewers were brought to tears, with one person tweeting ‘#Vanessa #ChildrenInNeed just broke me RIP beautiful girl.’

Katie Melua paid tribute to the brave youngster with a special rendition of Fields Of Gold to back drop of pictures of Vanessa’s last moments.

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