The heart-broken family of Millie Rose Heaton who died last week have backed a campaign for a memorial playground.
The three-year-old died last Wednesday surrounded by her family following her long battle against stage four neuroblastoma.
Millie’s mum Lyndsay kept a regular blog of Millie’s progress on her Facbook page which attracted thousands of followers.
One heart-breaking post read: “A house full of unopened toys. A table full of three year old cards. Oh God how is this real?”
Lyndsay told the Advertiser: “I would like to thank everyone for their support over the last 17 months.
“Millie Rose touched a lot of people and I believe she was sent here to teach us all a lesson in life.
“She has left us all so many lovely memories, I wish we could have had a little longer with her.
“But I know she was tired the last few weeks and she had fought enough.”
Many tributes have included how Millie united the town of Skelmersdale and now there is support for a park to be created on Greehill where thousands turned out to release pink and blue balloons last Thursday at 7.15pm - exactly 24 hours after Millie died.
The online petition for the playground has already reached 3,000 and counting.
Millie’s aunty, Diane Clarke, said: “The family are all fully behind this idea.
“We think that it would be a lovely place for other children to enjoy.
“She didn’t ask for this fight and she definitely didn’t deserve the battle she had to go through but she took it all so much in her stride and almost always still with a smile on her face.
“She was our little fighter, our little warrior, our precious baby girl and she will be loved and remembered forever.“
Millie was diagnosed with cancer early in 2013 and people quickly began raising money for specialist immunotherapy treatment in Germany.
Even at this sad time the family offered their thanks to everyone who had supported Millie.
Diane said: “We would like to thank consultant Lisa Howells and all nursing and care staff of the oncology department at Alder Hey Hospital who took such good care of Millie. Andrew, Rebecca and Sophie at The Skelmersdale Advertiser for continually helping us to spread awareness of the Millie Rose Appeal and neuroblastoma.
“And all of the local individuals, shops and businesses that were so generous over the past 17 months.”
Diane added: “But the most important of all, Michael and Lexie Heaton.
“Two absolutely wonderful children who never once complained about being pushed a little into the background as their baby sister fought her battle meaning that they were separated from one or both of their parents.”
To support the petition for a memorial playground visit http://www.change.org/petitions
Millie’s funeral will be on Tuesday, July 15, 11.30am at St Paul's Church, Church Road, Skelmersdale.
St Paul's Church will be open on Monday (14th) from 3pm-8pm for those who want to pause, say a prayer, light a candle or write in a condolence book.
Watch the heartbreaking memorial video of Millie Rose Heaton
Look at our full gallery of pictures from the balloon release for Millie Rose Heaton
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