A brave youngster has lost her battle with a rare form of cancer.
Ella Stringer, 5, died at Manchester Children’s Hospital on Monday, August 29, surrounded by family.
The popular youngster, of Roundhill View, Rising Bridge, had been suffering from rhabdoid sarcoma since December last year.
Since Ella’s diagnosis friends and family have raised thousands of pounds for the Ella Stringer Fund.
Dad Tony Waller said: "She was just a beautiful little girl.
"She was the best little kid you could ever want and we will miss her so much.
"Unfortunately the cancer was just too resistant to the chemotherapy.
"We just want to thank everyone for their support through her illness.
"We really appreciate all the help we have had."
More than 3,300 people have paid tribute to her on the Facebook group RIP Ella Stringer. Cousin Jade Stringer wrote: "R.I.P my angel you will always be in my heart. I will never forget you."
In April, Ella celebrated her fifth birthday with her mum Emily, dad Tony Waller and two-year-old sister Evie at their home.
A week later the brave youngster underwent surgery to remove the tumour in her back and groin and endured hours of radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Sadly Ella’s health deteriorated last weekend and she died in hospital on Monday night.
All money raised for the fund will now be donated to cancer charities including Macmillan Cancer Care and CLIC Sargent.
Ella’s aunt Elizabeth Hey did a sponsored parachute jump and children at Ella’s school – Broadway Primary in Haslingden – took part in a non uniform day.
Haslingden High School sold cakes, held a rag day and did a charity car wash.
Ella’s funeral will take place at St James’ Church, Haslingden, at 11am on Monday, September 5. Everyone attending is asked to wear something pink. Family flowers only and donations to the Ella Stringer Fund at Lloyds TSB bank, account number 25198360 and sort code 777602.