ADORABLE Rachel Eaton must be one of the bravest children on the planet -- a little fighter who has captured the hearts of thousands of Citizen readers.

Since this newspaper revealed the seven-year-old's battle against a crippling bone disease last year Rachel has been inundated with offers of help.

As well as individual donations, The Rachel Eaton Fund has received cash from the Wild Cats Motorbike Club and other good samaritans.

Now Preston-based radio station Rock FM and Magic 999 have donated £2,200 to the youngster with cash raised from their Help a Local Child charity campaign.

And The Care Shop, in Bolton, have offered to donate cash or equipment to the youngster in order to help improve the quality of her life.

Joanne said: "I cannot believe the generosity of people. I am overwhelmed by all the help and thank everyone from the bottom of my heart." Pretty Rachel, who weighs just under three stone, suffers from the bone disease Osteogenesis Imperfecta -- a crippling condition that means her limbs fracture very easily.

In her short life the little soldier has suffered more than 80 broken bones and on Wednesday (January 24) had her plaster removed after suffering a broken arm at New Year.

Joanne added: "She's gets really fed up sometimes but is a fighter. But she'll always need help and the wonderful support of the public and generous organisations."

On Friday, February 2, local fund-raiser Gordon Humphreys is aiming to raise more than £2,000 for the fund through a non-stop pool match at the Asda superstore, in Fulwood.

For details on the fund or to e-mail Joanne log onto and help raise loads of cash for this shining star.

Pictured: Joanne Eaton, Rachel, grandma Maggie, Emma Bailie of Help a Local Child and Rock FM DJ Glen Hunt.