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Knaresborough holds silence for Sadie Rose Clifford

Katie Clifford with daughter Sadie Rose
Image caption Sadie Rose's parents had been told there was nothing more that could be done for the two-year-old

A minute's silence has been held in memory of a toddler from North Yorkshire who lost her fight against cancer on Monday.

Sadie Rose Clifford, two, from Knaresborough, had neuroblastoma, a cancer that develops from nerve tissue.

Her parents, Katie and Darren Clifford, were told two weeks ago nothing more could be done for the toddler.

Knaresborough's mayor John Batt said the silence was an appropriate tribute from the town to a "brave little girl".

The silence was announced in the town's market square at 11:00 BST.

Mr Batt, a Conservative councillor, said: "Sadie's death has touched everyone in Knaresborough and further afield. This is about the town joining together to pay tribute to this brave little girl."

He said the town had taken the family to its heart and he was extremely proud of the amount of fundraising that the town had achieved for the family.

More than £400,000 was raised for a treatment regime in America but it was unsuccessful.

The Just Giving appeal set up for Sadie is still receiving donations and her family said the money raised would now be used to help other children with neuroblastoma.

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