Hundreds pay respects to brave Padiham teenager

Hayley Barker (s)
Hayley Barker (s)

Hundreds of mourners packed a Padiham church to say a final emotional farewell to a “brave girl with a beautiful smile.”

Inspirational Hayley Barker (17) was laid to rest in a pink coffin decorated with flowers as her family, many friends, former teachers and classmates, whose lives she touched, paid their final respects.

The popular teenager, who underwent a double lung transplant in August, died on Wednesday, October 2nd, after battling an infection.

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