Queen V

TRAGIC LOSS: Julie Lancaster and her daughter Shannon, 15, with a picture of Violet

TRAGIC LOSS: Julie Lancaster and her daughter Shannon, 15, with a picture of Violet

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A BIG smile and a big personality.

That’s how Violet Lancaster’s family will remember their little “Queen V”.

They sadly lost the six-year-old, of Thornton, on December 16, after she became ill with pneumonia and respiratory syncytial virus.

Violet had a range of complex medical conditions – including Cerebral Palsy, epilepsy, visual impairment, development delay and gastro-oesophageal reflux.

She was immobile, couldn’t speak and suffered frequent chest infections.

She spent a lot of her short life going in and out of hospital and attending various medical appointments.

When she was born, at full-term, she had to be resuscitated and suffered an abnormal heart beat during the labour.

She suffered severe hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy – injury to the brain – due to a significant reduction of oxygen to her brain.

But her proud mum Julie Lancaster, dad Peter and her loving sisters, Shannon, 15, and Heather, 21, were determined to give her the best quality of life they could.

They were determined she would live life to the full with lots of fun.

And pretty Violet rarely stopped smiling, lighting up the faces and warming the hearts of all who met her.

Christmas and New Year were a tough time for the family, but they say they were helped by the staff and volunteers at Brian House Children’s Hospice, who provided unwavering support over the last few weeks.

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