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A Paralympic opening ceremony performer played a starring role in the show, while raising money for a cancer charity.

Becki McGuinness, 25, of Southfields, danced with a group of wheelchair users and able-bodied performers in front of the Queen during the ceremony.

While rehearsing the star met Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and also managed to have her picture snapped with Team GB athletes.

The former Kingston College student used the opportunity to raise money for Sarcomma UK, a charity which has given her support her in the past.

Miss McGuinness was 21 when she was diagnosed with a benign tumour in the bottom of her spine and bone cancer osteosarcoma.

At one point she was told it was terminal, but is now in part-remission and is hoping by dancing she inspired others watching the Paralympic Opening Ceremony.

Before performing she said: "When I got told I was terminal, I thought that was it. Then I found out I was in part remission.

"I felt I could still do things with my upper part of my body, I thought I had something to give.

"I wanted to show young adults and children there is life after being diagnosed with a tumour. I am 25 now, there is a chance to do things with the community."

Miss McGuinness is now volunteering for Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital and also blogs about coping with cancer to help others going through the experience.

Visit justgiving.com/CopingwiththebigC to make a donation. Read her blog on copingwiththebigc.blogspot.co.uk