CELEBRITIES are getting behind a campaign to help a little girl who suffers from one of the most extreme stomach conditions known to medical science.

Household names such as Royal Family actor Ralf Little, TV presenter Jeff Brazier and ex-England footballer Luther Blissett have all signed up for a football match in aid of the Daisy Palmer Trust.

Eight year-old Daisy, from Langdon Hills, suffers from the rare chronic intestinal pseudo obstruction condition, which means she cannot eat and can only sip water.

If she is well enough her family hope that the youngster will be there to escort the players onto the pitch.

Dad Damon Palmer, 40, said: “The sheer planning that has gone into it and the effort Simon has put in has astounded us. It really is amazing. The people that have stepped in to help Daisy have come from all walks of life- they have been friends, family and strangers.We really have been humbled by all the support we’ve had.

“We have had little to do with the football match so we don’t really know what to expect. Daisy isn’t a big fan of football but it’s a great excuse for me! Living in a house with girls I don’t get to watch it very often.

“Daisy is often ill or in hospital so hasn’t been to many of the fundraising events, so this will really be the first big one where she is there to show her appreciation.”

Sunday’s football match will take place at Basildon Sporting Village, on Cranes Farm Road, from 2.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for children, and can be purchased by calling 07931 974035 or 07985 027457.