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There will be squeals - One Direction to 'Surprise Surprise' fan who underwent heart transplant


One Direction at the X Factor final

One Direction at the X Factor final

One Direction at the X Factor final

One Direction are set to surprise two of their biggest fans on the festive edition of Surprise Surprise.

The series, hosted by Holly Willoughby, rewards extraordinary people with surprises and two sisters from Newcastle are in for a special treat.

Rachel Hooley (11) and her sister Kate (15) were nominated by their mum Eve (42) for their bravery and support.

Rachel was just 8 when she experienced a complete heart failure and ended up on a life support machine with her life hanging in the balance.

Her only hope was a heart transplant.  Luckiyl, a heart became available and she has recovered well and works with her sister Kate to raise money for organ donation.

And their favourite band, One Direction, will be in studio to surprise the determined duo.

Also on the show, rower and double Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell will surprise a heroic ex-serviceman.

Bronwyn Royce, 53 from South Africa is nominating her son Cayle Royce, 29 for his amazing bravery and determination against all odds.

Cayle was born in South Africa but in 2006 he moved to England and fulfilled his dream of joining the British Armed Forces.

In 2012 he was deployed in Afghanistan on a mission with the Brigade Reconnaissance Force when his life changed. His brigade were tasked with searching Helmond Province for Taliban compounds when they were ambushed.

On their escape, Cayle stood on a land mine. More horrifying still, the land mine was intended for vehicles rather than humans and on impact lost both legs, most of his fingers on his left hand and severely injured his face, he bruised his lungs and heart and broke his neck in three places. He fought for his life, and after coming out of a 48-day coma, astonishingly he survived.

Cayle defied all the odds and has since gone on to row the Atlantic, hand cycle across America, and para-trike across both Kenya and America, raising awareness and money for charity. This Christmas he will embark on the first all disabled row across the Atlantic.

Surprise Surprise, ITV, Stephen's Day, 7pm

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