THE family of a "little angel" who has died after a brave battle against leukaemia want people to pay tribute and line a procession for her.

Lily May Filmer sadly lost her fight against acute lymphoblastic leukaemia last Saturday, and funeral details have now been announced.

The nine-year-old's family has now posted a message saying they will have a private celebration for her but people can "clap, cheer or blow a kiss to Lily" on the day during the procession being described as "her final journey".

In the message the Drakes Broughton family said: "Lily peacefully passed into her forever sleep on September 5 in the exceptional care of Acorns Children's Hospice.

"Her love of her family ensured that she passed into her last rest, in her mum's arms with Craig, her brothers and sisters by her side after a normal noisy family lunch.

"A private celebration of Lily's life will take place on Monday, September 21.

"Lily touched so many hearts and although her family would love to share the celebration with you all, unfortunately the current restrictions have made this difficult.

"For those wishing to clap, cheer or blow a kiss to Lily on her final journey, she will travel along the following route:

"Lily will travel along Pershore High Street at 10am on her way towards her home.

"At 10:30am, Lily's princess carriage will carry her into her home village, Drakes Broughton.

"She will pass her wonderful friends and teachers at school then along Walcot Lane to see the new park her brothers and sisters have been talking about, before she travels down Shrubbery Road.

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"Lily and her family will then leave the village for their private service.

"As Lily lived and dressed as a princess she will be looking for you to be dressed to impress. She loves all things glittery, sparkly, elegant and, of course, purple.

"Lily and her family have been supported by family, friends, colleagues, the public, local businesses and various charities.

"So that others can receive that same level of kindness, if you wish to make a donation in lieu of flowers, it will be split between Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust and Acorns Children's Hospice."

The family is asking for messages to be posted on a special tribute page,

Donations and messages can also be sent to Jackson Family Funeral Directors, 68 High Street, Pershore, WR10 1DU or by calling 01386 552724.

Meanwhile friends of the family have organised an online candle vigil in memory of the nine-year-old.

The organisers are asking people to light a candle at home for Lily, and post a photograph or video with the hashtags #lightsforlily and #lilysfreedomfight.

The candles will be lit tomorrow, September 12, at 7pm.