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Heartwarming scenes as the Skem skies are filled for brave Millie

Thousands release balloons into the sky in memory of three-year-old Millie Rose Heaton

Thousands pf people release pink and blue balloons in memory of Millie Heaton

Thousands of balloons filled the sky as a town in mourning paid their respects to a little girl who captured the hearts of people everywhere.

More than 2,000 people gathered at The Greenhill in Skelmersdale to release balloons in memory of Millie Rose Heaton who passed away just days after her third birthday.

Millie's heartbroken family set free pink and blue balloons into the skies above the town at 7:15pm on Thursday, July 3 - exactly 24 hours after she died.

 

Similar balloon releases also took place on Southport beach where people who were so moved by the young girls plight, had held fundraisers and wanted to pay tribute.

 

Millie united a town and inspired people from all over the country as she battled against stage four neuroblastoma.

On Wednesday, July 2, Millie's mum, Lyndsay, posted a heartbreaking post on her Facebook page.

She said: "Millie-Rose gained her angel wings at 7.15pm today surrounded by the people that loved her most.  

"She was peaceful and the only thing giving me comfort right now is knowing she doesn't have to fight anymore; she fought so hard.  

"Heartbroken."

On Thursday morning Lyndsay posted: "Looking round my living room a house full of unopened toys, a table full full of three-year-old cards.

"Oh god, how is this real?"

Millie Rose Heaton who passed away yesterday
 

Hundreds of tributes have since flooded into Lyndsay's and Millie's Facebook fundraising page  The Millie Rose Appeal  .

Millie was diagnosed with childhood cancer early in 2013, aged one, after a suspected ear infection.

Since then she endure intensive chemotherapy, operations and dozens of tests.

Lyndsay kept a blog of Millie's progress everyday on Facebook where thousands followed her journey, both the ups and the downs.

She would often share photos of Millie smiling despite all the medical procedures and pain she was forced to endure.

Family, friends and people who had never met the courageous little girl came together to raise funds for immunotherapy treatment to increase her chances of surviving.

Millie Rose Heaton's fundraising image
 

Millie's aunty, Diane Clark told of how difficult it was to break the devastating news to Millie's older brother and sister: "There isn't much I can say at the moment. Millie is safe now.

"Was the hardest thing we have ever had to do breaking the news to Michael and Lexie .

"I don't know how we are going to get through this most difficult part, but we will for their sake .

"Love all my family the world and my special thoughts tonight are for Lynsday, Micheal, Mikey and Lexie.

" Goodnight and sweet dreams to our precious little Millie Moo."

The Advertiser will be printing your tributes in next week's paper, if you would like to add yours comment below or email the news desk at newsdesk@skelmersdaleadvertiser.co.uk

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