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Fundraiser in memory of Barnsley girl

By Mike Cotton, Town Reporter Tuesday 25th March 2014
Lily Cunliffe

A FAMILY is determined that a happy and smiling little girl who died last year will never be forgotten.


A charity fashion show featuring dancers known as 'swans' from the TV series The Big Ballet, is being held at Holiday Inn next month in memory of Lily Cunliffe.

Lily, who loved having her photograph taken, died aged three of a brain tumour brought on by a condition which was previously thought not life-threatening.

Mum Mandy, 43, of Hope Street, Barnsley, said: "We wanted to do something to make sure she is never forgotten, and to give something back to the charities who helped Lily."

The event will raise money for Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice, and Levi's Star, a charity which supports children with brain tumours.

Lily suffered a condition called neurofibromatosis type 1, which causes small tumours to grow on the nerves, and showed itself as coffee-coloured spots on Lily's skin. The tumours were non-cancerous. Lily was being monitored and the condition not thought life-threatening.

But unfortunately Lily developed a malignant tumour in her brain.

Mandy hopes to raise awareness as well as money, in the hope that more funding can be put into the research of brain tumours in children.

Her granddad Danny Beevor, 61, of Willow Close, Hoyland, has organised the event, to be hosted by Capital FM presenters Simon Hirst and Jo-Jo.

The event is on Saturday April 12 from 7.30. Tickets are available from Lily's granddad, Danny on 07938009495.

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Posted by Joy Motte I Tue 25th Mar 2014 at 4:50pm

I am so very, very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers

Posted by Sallie I Tue 1st Apr 2014 at 5:33am

Remember others care about the loss of your beautiful child.God bless you and your family.

Posted by Julie I Wed 11th Jun 2014 at 10:57pm

I am so sorry for you loss amazing strong family nf is a horrible condition that i hope one day we find a cure xxx