A YOUNG Prestatyn singing sensation has received royal approval for her work to support armed forces veterans.
Katie Lou Sheridan, aged 12, received a letter from Prince Harry for her dedication to raising money and campaigning for families of servicemen and women from Wales who are injured or killed in action.
The prince thanked her for her work and her efforts to raise a “remarkable” amount of money for “one so young”.
Her father David Sheridan, aged 50, said: “She has a big fanbase for a soon-to-be teenager and always has a good turnout at her gigs.
“She admits she is not the best singer in the world, but she can hold a note.”
In her short career, Katie has raised thousands of pounds for charity and has performed at venues across the county, selling her CDs and wristbands as part of the Walk on Wales Armed Forces Appeal.
Her song Hedfan Angel, which was originally written for Welsh chart topper Duffy and released on iTunes for 79p, was named the appeal’s official anthem, and she is donating her share of the sales to charity.
She has also raised hundreds of pounds with gigs across North Wales.
Katie has adopted the Welsh culture and has become fluent in the language since the family moved from England when she was a toddler.
Mr Sheridan added: “I’m never one for boasting or anything like that but she has really blown us away with all the work she does.”
Most recently, she performed with the Only Kids Aloud choir in the Marinsky Theatre at St Petersberg and featured in the London 2012 Olympic torch ceremony in Cardiff.