Readers pay tribute to 'beautiful angel' Sophie who died aged 10

Pictured: Sophie FairallPictured: Sophie Fairall
Pictured: Sophie Fairall
READERS of The News have paid tribute to ‘beautiful’ Sophie Fairall from Stubbington who died this weekend.

Courageous 10-year-old Sophie died surrounded by family in her home at 9.12am on Saturday (September 18).

She had been diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma in September last year – a rare type of cancer that forms in children’s soft tissue like skeletal muscle.

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Following the news, readers have taken to social media to pay their respects.

On one of The News’ Facebook groups, Ann Hayden said: ‘Such a beautiful brave little girl. No more pain sweetheart now in heaven.

‘Rest in peace, Sophie. Now a beautiful angel, God bless.’

Anne Goble said: ‘Such a brave beautiful lil girl, shine bright angel.

‘Sending so much love to the family, I can't imagine what you're going through.’

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Matt Howe added: ‘What a cruel world we live in, absolutely heartbreaking.

‘Thoughts and deepest condolences with Sophie’s family.’

After her diagnosis, Sophie launched a fundraising campaign in aid of children’s cancer charity Alice’s Ark.

When The News first reported her death the campaign had reached a huge £30,000 with donations from friends, family and strangers.

Since then an additional £15,000 has been raised, taking the total to an enormous £45,738 – not far off Sophie’s target of £50,000.

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Other readers’ tributes include one from Beth Redding saying: ‘Such a brave little girl, free from pain, rest in peace Sophie.’

Louise Hill added: ‘RIP little, one heaven has gained an angel. Thoughts to family.’

To donate to Sophie’s campaign please visit

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