They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

And that saying is certainly the case for young musician Chloe Drew-Batty, from Bungay, who has just taken centre stage at the Royal Albert Hall.

Ms Drew-Batty, 18, was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in 2020, when she was 16.

She was supported by the Teenage Cancer Trust team at Addenbrooke's Hospital throughout her treatment.

Beccles & Bungay Journal: Chloe and her mum during her treatment Chloe and her mum during her treatment (Image: Teenage Cancer Trust)

The trust held a series of fundraising gigs at the famous London venue from March 20-26, and gave Ms Drew-Batty the red-carpet treatment as part of its 'ultimate backstage experience' programme.  

Ms Drew-Batty and a friend were treated to a trip to London to watch Roger Daltrey, Richard Ashcroft and Joan Armatrading perform from some of the best seats in the house – and got the chance to meet the stars backstage afterwards.

During the interval, Ms Drew-Batty had the chance to have her moment in the spotlight when she was invited on stage to take a selfie with the 5,000-strong crowd, who lit their phone torches to show their support for young people with cancer.

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Ms Drew-Batty said: "The gig at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday was a truly surreal experience.

"Music has always been such an important part of my life, especially since I got ill, so being able to celebrate the Teenage Cancer Trust in the presence of such legendary musicians was incredible.

"I am so grateful to have been given this opportunity and to have been able to meet so many amazing people."

Ms Drew-Batty has now finished her treatment and is studying at the BIMM music institute in Brighton. Her band, Pearll, has just released its first album. 

The trust's backstage experience programme gives young people to meet others their age who have also been through cancer, build confidence after treatment, and make memories to last a lifeline.

Beccles & Bungay Journal: Photo of Chloe at the eventPhoto of Chloe at the event (Image: Teenage Cancer Trust)