Stoke & Staffordshire

Hundreds attend Ruby Owen's funeral

Hearse carrying the coffin
Image caption Friends and fundraisers attended along with Ruby's parents and sister Charlotte

Hundreds of people have turned out for the funeral of a five-year-old girl who had undergone pioneering treatment for a rare form of brain tumour.

Ruby Owen, from Kidsgrove, Staffordshire, who was first diagnosed with the tumour in 2009, died last week at the Donna Louise Children's Hospice.

A total of of nearly £300,000 was raised in two appeals to take her to the US for treatment.

The funeral took place at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Goldenhill.

A burial then took place at Tunstall Cemetery.

Friends, family and people who had taken part in fundraising events for Ruby were among those who were at the funeral, along with Ruby's parents and her sister Charlotte.

Father Julian Green, who conducted the service, said Ruby would be remembered by the local community for her courage and her determination to enjoy life.

Image caption Nearly £300,000 was raised to send Ruby Owen to the US twice for treatment

He added: "So many people have been involved in Ruby's story over the past few years.

"In the past week or so, they've been in touch with the family, the church and the community as a whole and so many people wanted to give their presence and their prayers today."

After the first diagnosis she was flown to the US and after treatment, a scan revealed her cancer had gone.

But in February this year a second tumour was revealed and £120,000 was raised to send her back to the US for more proton therapy, which is unavailable in the UK.

In October, her family said Ruby only had weeks left to live.

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