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."