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Funeral for Speldhurst toddler Flo Jackson to happen next week

By Claire McWethy

The funeral of a two-year-old girl who lost her battle with cancer will take place next week.

Florence Jackson, from Speldhurst near Tunbridge Wells, was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma in December 2015 and had been at the centre of massive fundraising efforts to fly her to the United States for potentially life-saving treatment.

But before she was able to make the trip, her devastated parents Rodney, 42, and Carolyn, 47, were told there was nothing more doctors could do for her.

She died the following day, on Saturday, February 11.

Her funeral will be held at St Mary’s Church, Speldhurst, at 11am on Tuesday.

Rev Douglas Wren said: “Florence was a lively, stoic toddler who lost her fight against cancer earlier this month. Our prayers are with the family, who are understandably devastated at her loss.”

Parents Carolyn and Rodney Jackson thanked everyone who has supported them in the months leading up to the toddler’s death.

Florence Jackson

Florence Jackson

They said: “We are so grateful to everyone who offered Flo support. She was an amazing and very brave little girl and we miss her terribly.”

The service will include readings by close friends, hymns, and a tribute read by her parents. 

Instead of flowers, Flo's family are asking for donations to Neuroblastoma UK.

Last Saturday, a week after the toddler's death, hundreds of people from across the globe lit candles as part of a vigil to remember her.

 

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