My brave lit­tle girl had ‘smile for ev­ery­one’ Heart­bro­ken mum’s trib­ute to El­lie, six

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - DANIELLE ROPER

AMUM has paid trib­ute to her sixyear-old ‘so­cial but­ter­fly’ daugh­ter who died sud­denly in her sleep.

Lit­tle El­lie Thor­ley, who suf­fered from cere­bral palsy, died on De­cem­ber 27 at her home.

El­lie was born three months pre­ma­turely and her con­di­tion meant she had se­verely lim­ited move­ment and was un­able to speak.

She also suf­fered with chronic lung dis­ease and was pro­foundly deaf.

Mum Char­lotte Dob­son said: “She was very cheeky and al­ways had a smile for ev­ery­one, she was a so­cial but­ter­fly.

“Even though she couldn’t speak she still man­aged to com­mu­ni­cate with so many peo­ple and had what I call a ba­nana skin sense of hu­mour.”

El­lie lived on Green­field Road in Bolling­ton with dad Chris Thor­ley, sis­ter Abi­gail, 12, brother Dex­ter, four, and their dog, Nelson.

Char­lotte said: “She was best friends with Nelson. He used to sit on her knee in the wheel­chair and she used to laugh when we threw the ball for him.”

The play­ful lit­tle girl also loved watch­ing Mr Bean on tele­vi­sion, go­ing to par­ties and fly­ing her toy he­li­copter in the park.

Char­lotte said: “She taught me deep com­pas­sion and to love un­con­di­tion­ally. She made me a bet­ter per­son and I have lost my pur­pose with­out her.”

The fu­neral was held at Mac­cles­field Cre­ma­to­rium on Mon­day, Jan­uary 11 and El­lie’s cof­fin was in the shape of Mr Tum­ble, chil­dren’s TV star of BBC shows in­clud­ing ‘ Some­thing Spe­cial’, which helps chil­dren with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties com­mu­ni­cate.

Char­lotte said: “El­lie idolised Mr Tum­ble. We had a tea party af­ter the fu­neral with bal­loons at Hollins Hall as El­lie loved tea par­ties too.”

Bolling­ton based mar­ket­ing agency Stein IAS raised £11,000 to buy a spe­cialised com­puter to help El­lie com­mu­ni­cate, draw, play games, read books and study.

Run­ners from the agency also tack­led the Great Manch­ester Run rais­ing £1,760, with staff across four coun­tries tak­ing part in Na­tional Run­ning Day rais­ing £1,380, plus £60 from raf­fles.

And af­ter the Ex­press shared the fam­ily’s story, friends, fam­ily and even those who did not know El­lie raised £600 to pur­chase a spe­cial padded seat for her – a ‘P’ Pod, al­low­ing her to sit with her fam­ily at the din­ner ta­ble un­aided for the first time.

Char­lotte said: “I would just like to thank ev­ery­one for their in­put with El­lie.”

●● El­lie with mum and younger brother Dex­ter. The young­ster, who had cere­bral palsy, died at home in her sleep

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