Much-loved Chloe’s memory lives on as foal given her name

WELCOME  From left, Chloe Challoner's brother Connor, Councillor Peter Edgar (obscured), Jo Edney a member of Staunton Education Team and other Year 6 children from Front Lawn Primary Academy, with Chloe the shire horse
WELCOME From left, Chloe Challoner's brother Connor, Councillor Peter Edgar (obscured), Jo Edney a member of Staunton Education Team and other Year 6 children from Front Lawn Primary Academy, with Chloe the shire horse
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SHE had a smile that could light up any room and touched the hearts of everyone she met.

And now a living tribute has been created in memory of brave Chloe Challoner, who lost her battle with cancer in January last year, aged just 10 years old.

A shire foal at Staunton Country Park in Havant has been named Chloe.

Youngsters from Front Lawn Primary Academy, in Leigh Park, where Chloe was a pupil, were a picture of happiness as they met the foal for the first time.

Chloe’s brother Connor, 11, who attends the academy, was beaming as he stroked the baby horse, which is as friendly as Chloe was.

Hester Allen, the well-being leader at Front Lawn, said: ‘It’s lovely to see it running free in the field.

‘I hope that’s like Chloe – free from all the pain and having a lovely time wherever she may be.

‘Chloe would have seen the mother, Jess, in the field as our back playing field backs on to where the shire horse is.’

As reported, Chloe, of Rooksbury Croft, Leigh Park, died at her home, just weeks before she was due to fly to America for an operation to help fight the rare bone cancer, osteosarcoma.

There, she was to have an operation which parents Jamie Giblen and Beccie Challoner hoped would help her fight the cancer.

The trip was to be paid for by £10,000 raised by supporters, including readers of The News and former Coronation Street actress Tracy Shaw.

Public competitions usually decide the name of the animals at Staunton.

However, the park staff felt it would be fitting to let the school name the foal as the field is next to the school.

Mrs Allen added: ‘We thought it was a brilliant idea. We asked the children to come up with a name for the pony.

‘I had a pile of names on my desk and every single one was Chloe. Connor really loved going to see her and thought it was a lovely idea.

‘It’s taken him quite a while to come to terms with it. He loved seeing Chloe, the Shire pony.’

Chloe’s memory also lives on among Front Lawn’s schoolchildren as they fundraise every year for Blue Day, which is run in memory of Tom Prince of Portsmouth, who also died from osteosdarcoma.

In April children sang Count on Me by Bruno Mars as a special tribute to Chloe.

Classmates will be able to check on the progress of Chloe the foal.

Gemma Summerfield, education officer at Staunton, said: ‘It’s very poignant as the school is next door.

‘It’s nice to have a connection with the name and for the children to see the horse from their playground is lovely.’