Brave Burnley girl (4) loses brain tumour battle

Terri Howarth with Jaime Ella (4). A140911/1a
Terri Howarth with Jaime Ella (4). A140911/1a

a BRAVE little girl with a gift for making people smile has died from a brain tumour.

The princess-mad four-year-old had been due to visit Euro Disney as a special treat after Burnley folk raised money for the trip but heartbreakingly she was too ill to make it.

Mum Terri, who is expecting a second child with partner Steve Trippier, said: “Jaime was so special and always had a smile.

“Despite her illness she was a true performer and always had everyone smiling. Jaime never dwelled on how poorly she was and always kept going. I am devastated. She loved princesses but she was my princess.”

Jaime Ella was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour shortly before Christmas, after she started with symptoms similar to an ear infection.

Friends, family and Burnley residents recently raised money so Terri, who had to give up her job as a chef at the Higher Trapp Hotel, Simonstone, could take Jaime Ella to meet her favourite Disney characters.

Tragically, Jaime’s condition worsened shortly before the trip and she was admitted to Derian House children’s hospice where she lost her battle on Monday.

Terri, of Barry Street, Burnley, added: “Jaime had just started at Ightenhill Primary School and was loving it. She knew how to work things to her advantage – she would say she was tired in the afternoon so she could go back to nursery. Jaime loved nursery, but she loved everything she did. Playing out in the garden, playing with her toys, watching her favourite characters on television, she was just so happy. I would like to thank my boyfriend, all my friends and family, and Derian House for being so supportive.”

Terri said Jaime’s funeral will be a celebration of her life and wants everyone to wear pink or purple – her favourite colours.

“Jaime was all about brightness, she wouldn’t want us being dark and miserable. We want to remember her this way.”