Tributes after death of cancer girl in hospice

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tributes have been paid to a brave Doncaster teenager who raised hundreds of pounds for charity before losing her battle against cancer.

Ashleigh-Marie Parks, of Henley Road, Intake, died in Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospital surrounded by her family.

The 17-year-old, a Danum Academy pupil, who raised more than £1,000 for the Parents’ Association of Children with Tumours and CLIC Sargent, was diagnosed with an aggressive tumour in her brain and three in her spine in April 2011.

Despite taking a turn for the worse, determined Ashleigh still continued her charity work right until the end, taking part in the Santa Dash last month for the Aurora Centre despite being wheelchair bound.

Her mother, Cheryl Watson, said: “Ashleigh was so brave. When we found out about the cancer we were all a wreck but Ashleigh said, ‘Let’s just get on with it’. She took it in her stride.

“She was so popular. Everyone knew her. She was so bright and selfless. She loved going shopping but would always spend all her money on buying things for her little sister.”

Cheryl thanked the staff at Bluebell Wood for helping make Christmas special for the family.