Chorley youngster Lily-Mai will be remembered by beautiful memorial bench at her pre school

Friends of a brave tot who lost her battle with a rare cancer will now be able to sit and remember her after the community and businesses got together to raise funds for a memorial bench.

Thursday, 10th December 2020, 2:46 pm
Lily-Mai Pugh with Santa

Lily-Mai Pugh, three, died from a rare chest cancer called pleuropulmonary blastoma in July after falling ill just before the April lockdown.

The battling tot, who loved Disney movies, started chemotherapy, but had a bad reaction which left her in intensive care, and she started to deteriorate.

Her mum Beth, dad Jake and siblings Adam and Emma say she was a "funny, crazy caring little girl."

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Lily-Mai's memorial bench

Beth said: "It’s such a beautiful bench.

"We are so thankful for the love and kindness they show to our family everyday.

"We are very lucky we have the support not only from Lily's nursery but the parents too. No one will ever forget Lily’s name and we are so thankful to them for this and to everyone who donated to make this happen."

Deborah Swarbrick and Jackie Goulding of Eaves Green pre school, said: "As a local pre school based in the community we wanted to share our photos of the wonderful memorial bench we now have placed in the play area.

Lily-Mai's special place at her pre school

"Little Lily Mai attended our school and very sadly passed away in the summer from childhood cancer.

"Ourselves and the local community fundraised for a bench and plaque to be placed in the park area as a fitting tribute to a much loved, funny little girl.

"The pre school and family would like to thank many individuals and local businesses for helping us achieve our goal.

"It's a perfect place to play, laugh and sit a while for future children in the community."

Every two minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer - 300,000 every year - and one in five will not survive.

It remains the leading cause of death by disease for children under the age of 14.

Lily-Mai's family have been campaigning since her death to raise awareness of childhood cancer.

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