Lily Harley lost her life at the age of just four following a battle with Grade 3 Ependymoma cancer, leading parents Emily Morton and Josh Harley to place mementos around the world on her behalf

Emily and Josh lost their daughter Lily earlier this year(Josh Harley / SWNS)

Grieving parents travel the world and leave mementos in beautiful places on behalf of their late daughter.

Lily Harley died at the age of just four on March 28, 2023, after being diagnosed with Grade 3 Ependymoma – a rare type of brain tumour. Before she lost her life, Lily had she asked her mum, Emily Morton, 26, and dad Josh Harley, 28, to take her on a sunny beach holiday. Sadly she was too unwell to go.

Since her death Lily’s friends and family have been painting pebbles and taking them on their summer holidays – as a way of taking her to the places she never got to visit.

The brightly coloured stones have been taken to over 57 different locations this summer, including California, Dominican Republic, Switzerland, Tunisia and Sardinia. They have also been put in UK locations that were special to Lily, including at West Midlands Safari Park near the giraffes – her favourite animal – and at The Deep aquarium in Hull.

Emily and Josh want to spread mementos for Lily far and wide(Josh Harley / SWNS)
Lily had a rare brain tumour(Josh Harley / SWNS)

Lily’s parents have set up Lily’s Rainbow Fund alongside OSCAR’s Paediatric Brain Tumour Charity to raise money to support other children receiving treatment for brain tumours.

Emily, who works in ambulance support crew, from Louth, Grimsby, said: “Lily was full of life. ‘She was always happy, laughing, chatting and singing. She was extremely bubbly and sociable, with everyone she met commenting on what an incredible and polite child she was.

“When she died, we wanted to get away and go on that holiday in her honour and felt like leaving a pebble with her name on it is a way of taking her to all of the places we never got to. It’s our way of keeping her name alive and allowing her to travel with us.”

In January 2022 Lily was diagnosed with Grade 3 Ependymoma, a form of cancer rarely found in children. Herr parents had noticed changes in her behaviour over Christmas 2021. The tot appeared tired and her nursery teachers noticed that her head was tilting to the left, causing her to be off balance.

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