Father who 'married' his baby girl after she was given just days to live makes a heartfelt tribute during her funeral



The funeral has taken place of a baby who touched hearts across the nation when she 'married' her father after being given just two days to live. 

Andy Barnard, 31, paid a heartfelt tribute to Poppy-Mai Barnard, who was just 18 months old when she died after being diagnosed with a fatal bran tumour, at the same church in Blackburn where she had been christened last year.


More than 1,000 people turned out to pay their respects carrying balloons and dressed in bright colours as they watched her coffin arrive in a horse-drawn carriage.

The little girl died in her father’s arms while her mother stroked her hair at home on May 6. 

Andy said: 'We wanted to give her a day fit for a princess. Her mother and I planned every single detail knowing it would be the last thing we ever did for her.

Andy and Sammi have set up a gofundme page where donations can be made towards the retreat being built in her memory.

Over 1000 people came to pay their respects to the family bringing touching tributes to the baby with them


Below is Andy's touching peom to his daughter, titled:

THE WARRIOR PRINCESS:

Poppy-Mai Poppy-Mai what can I say I watch you in awe everyday 
Never before have I felt such love 
You'll soon be an angel up above 
I follow your lead everyday I hide my feelings, tuck them away I cry inside but show you a smile 
Your stronger than me by a mile 
Inspirational & Courageous are just two 
Of the best words to describe you 
You keep on going, I don't know how 
For that Princess I take a bow 
Many memories have been made I'd rather that you'd have stayed 
My One True Love is getting sleepy It makes me feel rather weepy 
My emotions have run wild 
My precious Princess, my beautiful child I wish I could make this go away 
My precious Princess please please stay 
You have taught me many things 
And soon you'll grow you angel wings 
Your time on earth is nearly done I'll hold you close and rub your tum 
Your beautiful eyes they tell a story 
At the end of this there is no glory 
So at peace you will be 
The pain in my face you will not see Poppy-Mai you are my hero 
I wish I could reduce this cancer to zero 
Your a special girl, my shining star I'll still talk to you babe from a far 
Poppy-Mai what can I say I watch you in awe everyday 
This is a poem from a proud and broken daddy




Source: dailymail online


I actually cried reading this.  May her angelic soul rest in peace. farewell little girl!
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