Emilia developed a lung condition following a bout of pneumonia and her mum contact Rays of Sunshine, a children’s charity that grants wishes to seriously ill children in the UK between the ages of three and 18. Emilia’s wish was to be driven in a pink Lamborghini by Richard Hammond and on Sunday 29th September it came true.

Arriving by helicopter to collect the car, Richard Hammond drove up to Emilia’s house and surprised her with a knock on the door. He then drove her to a nearby airfield where she got to sample the sensational performance of the 217mph Lamborghini Aventador.

Richard Hammond and Emilia

Afterwards Emilia’s mum Rachel said: “Emilia had an incredible time. The fact that the wish was turned around so quickly, meant that she was still physically able to enjoy it. This was a fantastic day that we will all remember as a family.

"We are so grateful to Rays of Sunshine and everyone involved for making every aspect of Emilia’s wish happen. It’s not until something awful happens that you get to find out how kind people can be.”

Richard Hammond commented: “It was a real privilege to be asked to make a contribution to such an inspiring, positive, unique and uplifting occasion. Emilia was charming and wonderful.

"There was every chance she could have been shy, but she chatted nonstop. It is truly inspiring how brave people are. Hearty congratulations to Rays of Sunshine for organising yet another unique and special occasion and to H R Owen for pulling out all the stops.”