Fraserburgh mourns brave youngster Olivia

Olivia Downie
Olivia Downie

The funeral of brave Broch younster Olivia Downie will take place today.

The cancer-stricken seven-year-old died peacefully surrounded by her family last Friday, less than two days after a mercy flight from Mexico to Aberdeen.

A statement issued on behalf of her parents read at the time: “It is with great sadness that we announce that our darling daughter Olivia slipped away peacefully this morning.

“We are so thankful that, thanks to the generosity of so many people, we have been able to take her home to Scotland so she could have her family by her side. Words cannot express how grateful we are that this final journey was made possible.

“We would like to extend our gratitude to the medical and nursing teams both at NHS Grampian and overseas who have also been part of our lives for so long.

“We were blessed to have had Olivia in our lives and her cheeky smile that shone like a star will be with us forever. Please, once again, be respectful of our wishes for privacy at such a devastating time in all our lives.”

Olivia had arrived in Aberdeen on Wednesday after being deemed ‘fit to fly’ from a Mexican hopsital and was taken directly to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Olivia’s funeral will be held in Fraserburgh Old Parish Church at 11am. It is understood that donations will be accepted on behalf of Logan’s Fund, a charity in memory of a Moray child who died of neuroblastoma which supports cancer sufferers and their families, on the day.

Mourners have been asked to wear something purple to the service.