Tributes as 10-year-old dies overnight

Katy Holmes, 10, before her diagnosis of a brain tumour
Katy Holmes, 10, before her diagnosis of a brain tumour
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A brave schoolgirl lost her fight for life in Derian House Children’s Hospice.

Ten-year-old Katy Holmes, of Margaret Road, Penwortham, died at 1am on Thursday after suffering a brain tumour.

Katy had been on morphine and was pain-free and her parents Paula and David had kept a bedside vigil.

During the day yesterday her family said she had been kept comfortable and had been listening to Disney CDs.

Hundreds of people have written on her Facebook page ‘Please Help Katy Holmes’ with their tributes to the youngster.

Her aunt Kelly-Marie Deem posted online: “I regretfully I write to inform everyone that Katy grew her wings and flew with the angels tonight around 1am God bless you sweet angel.”

Earlier she had said: “It is so hard to put into words what we are going through.

“Paula has seen the huge amount of messages of support from other people and the whole family feels really heartened at how much love there is for Katy, not only from people who know her, but also from complete strangers.”

One message on Katy’s Facebook page states: “RIP kate safe jorney little angel pain gone my heart goes out to you and your family xxxx,”

Another read: “Good night beautiful girl. My thought a are with Katy a family x x x.”

One said: “Rest in Peace precious angel.”

Whilst another wrote: “You all have amazing strength to get through this.

“You are a strong inspirational family.

“I have never met you but just from this page and the local news you get a feel of the love and strength you have in your family. ”

Another states: “Katy, you are an inspiration and have touched so many hearts.”

And another says: “Have hardly slept, just can’t get Katy out of my mind.”