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SEA OF CANDLES: Online vigil held to remember Ruislip girl Jess Shepherd

 Published on: 12th September 2019   |   By: News Desk   |   Category: Uncategorized

A candle vigil on Twitter was held this month in memory of a Ruislip girl who died last year following a battle with cancer. 

Jess Shepherd was 10 when she died on September 7, 2018 from neuroblastoma (childhood cancer) after a series of unsuccessful treatments. 

To mark the occasion, hundreds of Twitter users posted pictures and videos of their lit candles in memory of Jess, as well as thoughtful messages. 

Claire Pleavin tweeted: “Beautiful little girl taken from this earth far too young. Sending you love and the most sincere of sympathy…so terribly sad. Your baby girl will be with you always. A love like yours can never die nor will her brightness diminish with time! Love to all.”

Brian Cooper in Brighton also lit his candle for support. 

He said: “One year on and a candle lit for a remarkable little girl, who despite everything that life threw at her, brought so much love and happiness into this World. I was so proud to Roar For Jess and will never stop Roaring!”

The Roar For Jess account thanked everyone’s support including people as far away as America.

The family said: “I would like to thank each and everyone of you for your messages of kindness and lighting your candles.

“Jess will shine on in all our lives forever and hopefully her inspiration will help us do some good in her memory. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts xxxx”

To follow their story, visit @RoarForJess on Twitter and search ‘Jess’s Siblings story’ on Facebook. 

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