Funeral fundraiser organised for 2-year-old Daisy Taylor
Date published: 03 August 2021
2-year-old Daisy Taylor received intensive chemotherapy at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
A fundraiser has been organised to help with costs towards a local baby girl’s funeral.
With her parents by her side, 2-year-old Daisy Taylor lost her brave battle against cancer in the early hours on Monday 26 July.
After her family received the devastating news that Daisy had acute myeloid leukaemia in February, the 2-year-old underwent intensive chemotherapy over the past five months and a bone marrow transplant to help her fight the diagnosis.
Lance Taylor, Daisy’s father, told some of his daughter’s story: “Daisy was born with Down syndrome, we got her diagnosis at birth. She also had a couple of issues when she was born which resulted in her having an operation to give her a colostomy at two days old.
“Last year , she underwent two major operations to help her and to finally reverse her colostomy. My wife had to be with her during those operations alone as I wasn’t allowed into the hospital due to Covid-19.”
Two months before Daisy’s second birthday, in February 2021, a small, speckled rash formed on her legs which did not go away under a glass, so Daisy’s parents – Lance and Toni – took her to A&E with the suspicion she had meningitis.
“A few hours later my wife (who was there alone with her again, due to Covid) was given the devastating news that our 22-month-old baby had AML - acute myeloid leukaemia,” said Lance.
To help fight her diagnosis, Daisy received intensive chemotherapy at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
Sadly, five months after her diagnosis, Daisy passed away.
As a celebration of Daisy’s life, Lyndsey Webster has organised a sponsored walk from Rochdale to Hebden Bridge and back, with all donations going towards the little girl’s funeral.
The walk will start from Rochdale’s Regal Moon at 9am on Sunday 29 August.
At approximately 1/1.30pm, there will be a lunch stop at the Stubbing Wharf, Hebden Bridge, by the canal.
Lyndsey, a close friend of parents Toni and Lance, said: “Anyone is welcome to join us, for all of the walk or just part of it, also if you just want to cheer us on.
“I decided to organise a walk to show our support for what they were going through and to try to raise some money to help them, as neither have been able to work since February from being by Daisy’s bedside all this time.
“We are all heartbroken over the tragic loss, as Daisy has touched the hearts of so many she knew and also those who followed her story of strength and bravery. I’ve never known a little girl to have so much fight in her, she will always be Daisy the warrior to me.
“I know there is nothing anyone can do or say to help the pain that Toni, Lance, Ellie and Ethan must be going through right now, but we want to show our support and that we are by their side, grieving for them all.
“All the donations will go towards Daisy's funeral and life celebration.
“Please dig deep, this little girl deserves the best celebration we can give her.”
Currently, £1,020 has been raised of Lyndsey’s £2,000 goal for Daisy.
You can donate to the GoFundMe page here:
Daisy’s funeral service will be held at Rochdale crematorium on Thursday 5 August. A celebration of her life will be at Littleborough Cricket Club from 1pm onwards.
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