Amelia's Story

Amelia was a beautiful, intelligent and caring little girl who, at the end of January 2012, went for an appointment at her local hospital with her parents that would change all their lives forever. She had been progressively getting more unsteady, and her parents Richard and Chantal eventually managed to persuade their doctor to refer her to the hospital.

The news that your child has cancer could be described as like being stabbed in the heart, as your world sinks. The news that the cancer was terminal, turned our world into a place we felt we no longer wanted to be.

And yet, through our time in hospital, through brain surgery, and the news that we would be taking her home for her final days, we eventually decided we would not give up - at least not without a fight. 'Amelia's Miracle' was born, and we and thousands of others raised money and awareness of Amelia's condition so that we could take her for some experimental treatment in Houston, Texas. We flew there in late March 2012 and began the treatment fairly soon after.

On our arrival back home about a month later, Amelia continued to touch the hearts of everyone around her. Her bravery and determination to live a normal life rubbed off on all of us, and we smiled as she smiled, making sure her world was as perfect as we could make it.

After 11 months of determination, Amelia finally lost her fight on 6th January 2013. On the 12th January we filled Winchester Cathedral with people coming to pay their respects and say their goodbyes. Amelia's story continued to spread around the world, and Amelia's father, Richard, decided to start work on a book to tell the story to as many people as possible, at the same time raising money for the all important research to find a cure for this awful disease. To order the book, please return to the 'Home' link above.

The video below was played at Amelia's Life Remembrance Service at Winchester Cathedral on 12th January.