Girl with rare cancer dies after embarking on celebrity bucket list

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Sophie Farrell, the young cancer patient who went on to live out the “experiences of a lifetime” in her final few months, has passed away.

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A 10-year-old girl from Stubbington, Hampshire was diagnosed with a rare form of soft tissue cancer last September.

After learning in June that her illness was incurable, Sophie thought of completing her “bucket list”. Objects included working for a day in a supermarket, cooking with Gordon Ramsay, and driving an ice cream van in his village. He achieved these goals and much more.


Several celebrities sent messages of support to Sophie during her illness. Pop stars Ed Sheeran and Dua Lipa sent video messages like TV’s Ant and Dec.

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In her final days she received videos from England footballers Mason Mount and Jack Grealish, who both praised Sophie’s bravery. Local team Fareham Football Club applauded for a minute before their match on Saturday, hours after Sophie’s passing.

Sophie’s mother Charlotte Fairall thanked everyone who sent their respects for her “incredible support”.

Sophie learns piano with a hospital drama assistant

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Sophie learns piano with a hospital drama assistant

The Farrell family drafted a wish list after Sophie’s disease, rhabdomyosarcoma, returned in June and decided not to continue chemotherapy.

Some of the items on Sophie’s list considered her treatment in the hospital. He campaigned seven days a week to be a drama assistant in the children’s ward. He also asked to provide better food for children and food to parents in hospitals.

Sophie’s family has said they want her legacy to change the way they treat children with cancer. They were shocked to learn that only one in five children would survive rhabdomyosarcoma. He said that there has been no new research on this disease for more than 50 years.

An online fundraising page for the children’s cancer charity Alice’s Ark has been set up under the name Sophie on JustGiving and has attracted over £50,000 in donations to date.

Announcing her daughter’s passing in a post on the Facebook page following Sophie’s experiences, Ms Farrell said: “Who would have thought that the age of 10 could have such a huge impact on so many people.

“It feels so surreal and although I knew she was dying, I still can’t believe she’s gone.”

She said: “Sophie had so much to give and it shouldn’t have been. She was the most beautiful, funny, caring, strongest girl ever.

“Wherever she went, she would light a room.”

Although the experience was “incredibly painful, gruesome and relentless”, Ms Farrell said, Sophie “tacked every part with a smile and positivity”.


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