Appeal launched for 9 year old’s funeral

Serial fundraiser, Mark Wilson from Beeston, has set to work to help a family with funeral costs after their daughter died just days before her 9th birthday.

Ellie-Mae was born on 20 August 2008 and was joined by her twin sister Leah. Unfortunately not long after her birth Ellie-Mae was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, however this didn’t stop her. Despite the fact Ellie-Mae was unable to do things her sister could, she always had a big smile on her face.

Ellie-Mae loved to make everyone laugh with her cheeky, mischievous, bubbly character and had made great progress throughout her short life, battling against the disease. Doctors said Ellie-Mae would never walk, but she proved the doctors wrong when she met the Duchess of Cornwall. No matter what Ellie-Mae did, it was accompanied with a huge smile, nothing ever seemed too much trouble for her. She recently participated in the Special Olympics in Sheffield and received a medal for doing so.

Sadly on 16 August, Ellie-Mae died unexpectedly, just four days before what would have been her 9th birthday. Nobody ever plans their own child’s funeral, and it will be a massive help for her parents without them having to worry about the expense. No matter how big or small a donation, every penny will help in giving Ellie-Mae a beautiful send off.

Mark has set up a Just Giving page, which has already raised over £1,500. He commented:

“Ellie-Mae has touched the hearts of so many people during her short life and I set up the appeal to to give her the send off she deserves.

“Ellie-Mae made a huge impact on so many people’s lives and will be loved and missed by all her family, friends, teachers and everyone who knew her. Gone but never forgotten, sleep tight Princess xxx”

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