SHE had a smile that could light up the night and touched the hearts of everyone she met.
And yesterday that love was returned to Chloe Challoner as around 100 people turned out to celebrate her life at Chichester Crematorium.
Mourners dressed in pink and purple, Chloe’s favourite colours, to pay tribute to the 10-year-old who lost her brave battle to cancer 11 days ago.
The youngster, 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, as reported in The News.
Raw emotion flooded the packed room as Chloe’s favourite songs – Poker Face and Edge of Glory by Lady Gaga, and Firework by Katy Perry – were played.
Those gathered for the ceremony, including her teachers and some fellow pupils from Front Lawn Junior School, heard how Chloe ‘always had a smile for everyone’ in a tribute written by her mum, Becci.
Read by service conductor Deborah McGregor, Becci’s tribute continued: ‘Chloe was cheeky, mischievous, lovable and she had a heart of gold.
‘She made everyone feel like a friend and touched so many people’s lives.
‘Her philosophy was to seize the day, and boy did she.’
Chloe’s dad Jamie Giblen read two poems specially written for Chloe – one by some of her school friends.
And Chloe’s headteacher Tina Newman read a speech on behalf or her year six classmates, which described Chloe as a ‘shining star.’