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Little Girl Sadly Passes Away

Thursday May 1 2014


Darcy Burke Darcy Burke


A SIX-YEAR-OLD girl who has been suffering from a brain tumour has sadly died.

Darcy Burke, who has brought the Barnsley community together having been the subject of innumerable fundraisers, passed away early on April 22 after a year-long battle with a terminal tumour known as diffuse pontine glioma.

Mum Joanne Willis, 39, of Beech Court, Darfield, said: "As a mother all I wanted was to protect her, keep her safe and free from pain. I couldn't do that any more.

"In the end she was in so much pain, I'm just glad she's at peace. But we'll all miss her forever."

Darcy went to Sheffield Children's Hospital last week and was moved to Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice.

Joanne added: "I didn't want her to go to Bluebell Wood because it felt like the 'final nail'. It's a place you hope you never need, but I can't even tell you how fantastic this place is. It has kept me sane."

People had raised thousands in events for Darcy as her parents knew she didn't have long to live and wanted to treat her and give her some wonderful experiences.

She was unable to fly but has been to Disneyland Paris, to Sheffield Arena to see and meet her favourite band JLS, and had dozens of trips to the seaside including her favourite place, Primrose Valley.

Dad Dave Burke, 44, of Aldham House Lane, Wombwell, said he was extremely grateful that people they didn't even know from Wombwell, Darfield and across Barnsley had given time and money to help fund a 'wonderful year' for Darcy.

"It's just been fantastic the support we've had," he said. "She's had a wonderful year and had so many experiences."

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Reply Posted by susan on Thursday May 1 2014 at 11:11
God Bless sweetheart. Lots of love to her family xx

Reply Posted by lauren on Thursday May 1 2014 at 11:15
Such a stronge little girl....
god bless her soul...
Love and hugs,thoughts go to family....
xxxxx

Reply Posted by Iz on Thursday May 1 2014 at 11:16
R.I.P you beautiful little girl! My thoughts are with her family! Love to you all! X

Reply Posted by sharon on Thursday May 1 2014 at 11:21
Bless you little sweetheart and your brave family xxx

Reply Posted by clare on Thursday May 1 2014 at 11:23
Sweet dreams angel xxxx

Reply Posted by Kirsten Bailey on Thursday May 1 2014 at 11:29
Sleep tight little angel... Devastating

Reply Posted by TD on Thursday May 1 2014 at 11:35
Sleep tight and fly high little angel xx

Reply Posted by janice percival on Thursday May 1 2014 at 11:41
Did not know you Darcy but you know what they say .they only take the best.another little angel upabove R.I.P.XXXX

Reply Posted by Collet on Thursday May 1 2014 at 11:46
God Bless Her and RIP. To the Family God Bless you also.

Reply Posted by jister on Thursday May 1 2014 at 11:48
Always sad to hear of a young person passing R.I.P Darcy condolances to family & friends

Reply Posted by jane on Thursday May 1 2014 at 11:50
Rip darcy .... sleep tight

Reply Posted by Jason on Thursday May 1 2014 at 12:13
poor little angle sleep tight rip xx

Reply Posted by ben pearson on Thursday May 1 2014 at 12:26
Love you sweetie we will give you the send off you deserve babe just remember big brother ben loves you lots ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Reply Posted by Bridget on Thursday May 1 2014 at 12:55
R.I.P Baby Girl xxxxxx

Reply Posted by keri on Thursday May 1 2014 at 14:03
Rip little princess ♥♥

Reply Posted by meme on Thursday May 1 2014 at 14:42
Another star in the sky R.I.P Darcy. Condolences to family and friends. @-}--

Reply Posted by Neil on Thursday May 1 2014 at 17:02
R.i.p . Darcy u was a very brave little girl love to family and friends. XX

Reply Posted by nicki on Thursday May 1 2014 at 17:27
rip sweetheart. sleep tight

Reply Posted by SAL on Thursday May 1 2014 at 18:51
I do not know you but nite nite little girl. Blessings to family.

Reply Posted by Sue Bradshaw on Thursday May 1 2014 at 22:03
God bless Darcy, you were such a special little girl. Fly high with the angels little girl. Xxxxxx

Reply Posted by Ricardo Hudson on Friday May 2 2014 at 02:12
R.I.P. Sweetie, may you feel no more pain

Reply Posted by fiona thompson on Friday May 2 2014 at 07:51
Met darcy a few times and her parents at the events and she was so lovely. R.i.p sweetheart xxxxxxxx fly high with the angels xxxxxxx

Reply Posted by Alex Featherstone on Friday May 2 2014 at 15:19
R.I.P Darcy; fly high little angel. Xxxxx

Reply Posted by john cowie on Friday May 2 2014 at 17:46
im so sorry for that young life to be taken away shes in gods hands now.

god bless her

Reply Posted by sarah jones on Sunday May 4 2014 at 23:18
so sorry to u all. what a gorgeous litttle girl. another beautiful angle in the sky only the best goes god bless to the family. x

Reply Posted by mum of three on Tuesday May 13 2014 at 16:37
Good night God bless little Angel.