Final wish of tragic Olivia fulfilled with charity launch

SHE lit up the lives of everyone who knew her – and now a charity is being set up in the name of Olivia Arnold who died last week aged only 11 from the rare bone cancer osteosarcoma.

Her family, of Cross Gates, Leeds, are meeting her final wish with the launch of the Olivia Arnold Trust to provide respite breaks for parents and siblings of terminally ill-children in the city.

The trust began as a fund to aid treatment for the youngster and is being backed by TV star Denise Welch, who became close to the family during a trip to Lapland with the When You Wish Upon A Star charity last year.

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She did a reading at Olivia‘s funeral at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Leeds.

She said: “You could not have met a funnier, more spirited or beautiful girl. She always talked about wanting to do something for families of sick children. I feel blessed to have known her and I am honoured to be the patron of the Olivia Arnold Trust.”

Her mother Lisa said: “She never moaned or cried and didn’t want to burden other people. She just touched everybody who she met her with her kindness.

“She used to say ‘I don’t need the money that people have raised for me. They should give it to poorly kids and their mums and dads who go through so much’.”

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