Grieving Gosport family bids farewell to caring Holly, 12

The funeral of Gosport youngster Holly Sparshott took place at St Thomas's Church in Elson.
The funeral of Gosport youngster Holly Sparshott took place at St Thomas's Church in Elson.

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WEEPING mourners hugged and held each other as they remembered Holly Sparshott at her funeral yesterday.

Holly’s family were joined by her friends and their families at St Thomas the Apostle Church, in Elson, Gosport, near where Holly lived with her mum Sarah and younger sister Emily.

Holly Sparshott

Holly Sparshott

The 12-year-old’s white coffin was emblazoned with a love heart on top, a rainbow around it, unicorns on the side and fashion moustaches on either end.

As previously reported in The News, Holly, of Elson Lane, in Elson, Gosport, died in Naomi House four weeks after she suffered an asthma attack that stopped her breathing for 10 to 15 minutes.

The hospice’s chaplain, Rev Andy Edmeads, led the service, attended by dozens of people.

He read out a letter written by Holly’s close friend Megan Butler, which has been buried with Holly.

The first section read: ‘A beautiful girl that everyone loves. It’s heart breaking to lose you.

‘Thank you for being a great best friend to me. I will miss you so very much. But those memories will be with me forever. Us growing up together. Girly shopping days. Meeting Peter Andre.

‘Any days out with you were special. Just because you were there.’

Rev Edmeads also read out memories from Holly’s dad, Dave, 41, of Rothesay Road, in Gosport, and spoke of how kind-hearted Holly always looked after others.

She had spent a weekend with family before suffering an asthma attack on September 25.

As reported, Holly collapsed at Brockhurst Medical Centre but battled to stay alive for four weeks, after falling into a coma.

She was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital before then going on to spend three weeks at the paediatric intensive care unit at Southampton General Hospital.

Dave was with Holly, a Bay House School pupil, when she died on October 24.

Her form tutor Tom Macpherson attended yesterday with Year 8 head Gill Halls and the school’s head teacher Ian Potter.

Mr Macpherson said: ‘She was lovely.

‘She was really kind, quite quiet sometimes but absolutely lovely.

‘She was very popular amongst the tutor group.’