Brave Emily loses battle with cancer

A brave nine-year-old who touched the hearts of Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova and supermodel Erin O’Connor with her battle against cancer has died.

Emily Bailes at WimbledonA brave nine-year-old who touched the hearts of Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova and supermodel Erin O’Connor with her battle against cancer has died.

Little Emily Bailes, of Bloxwich, died on Saturday following a four-year battle with cancer.

Mum Amanda today paid tribute to her daughter and said she had been incredibly brave.

She said: “It is just terrible. She has lost her long fight but she was incredibly brave and inspired everyone who met her. We have had a lot of wellwishers from the area.”

The funeral will take place on Monday at 1pm at All Saints Church, in High Street, Bloxwich. It will be followed by a burial at North Walsall Cemetery and then a service at the Village Hotel.

Only flowers from the family should be left but donations, to Acorns Children’s Hospice, are welcome. Donations should be sent c/o Walsh Funeral Directors, 39 Park Road, Bloxwich, WS3 3SS. Wellwishers are welcome at the church.

Emily, a Lower Farm Primary pupil, leaves behind a sister, Jessica, as well as her dad Edward.

Little Emily rubbed shoulders with the stars during her illness, meeting both supermodel Erin O’Connor and tennis champion Maria Sharapova.

The youngster joined Miss O’Connor, of Brownhills, at the Walsall Christmas lights switch on in 2006.

The supermodel took a shine to Emily and spent time with her on a one-to-one basis during the festive event. The pair posed for photographers together in Marks & Spencer in Park Street, while both families looked on, before heading down to help switch on the lights at The Bridge.

In 2002 the young tennis fan, then aged seven, walked on to Centre Court at Wimbledon and tossed the coin for the 2004 ladies singles final.

Maria Sharapova, touched by Emily’s battle and bravery, sent her a bouquet of flowers with a message saying she could not wait for them to meet again.

A second trip to the world famous tennis courts was then arranged.

The brave youngsters was undergoing chemotherapy at Birmingham Children’s Hospital every four weeks and her family had organised activities around bouts of illness, which were caused by the intensive treatment.

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Comments for: "Brave Emily loses battle with cancer"


Emily was such a sweet and cute girl. I met her once at a hockey match with her older sister they were so close. The whole class misses Emily and we all understand and feel for Emily's family. x


Awww what a shame.

Todays world we can put a man on the moon yet we cant find a cure for cancer.

A beautiful little girl,so brave,battling an illness when she should have been running free,picking flowers.

My deepest condolances to all her family and friends,God Bless you all.

Beck (Sydney Aust)

My thoughts are with you during this very sad time.

Emily was an Inspiration and will be remembered by all that she touched!

God Bless


Our thoughts are with Ed, Amanda and Jessica. Emily was such a special girl,in her short life she

touched the hearts of many people, she will be remembered by these people and many more.



I met Emily way back in '04 when having treatment for cancer myself at Birmingham Children's Hospital. I will never forget the bravery and happiness of this little girl and she will stay in my heart forever more. I was devestated to find out. The family are in my prayers xxx

Amy p

god bless u em u mean the world missin u sooooo much. u went though so much and was always brave and strong. never eva 4get u!!!ur beautiful and never 4get that angel xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

jay p

hi its jay i wish u will still here

Amy p

thought of ya 2day babez i looked up 2 the sky and saw ya smilin back ur in me heart 4eva neva 4get that angel xxxxxxxxx

.............. dont really no what 2 say angel xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Amy p

hi ya emily got some bangles 4 ya there lovely u wood lv them angel xxxxxxxx

Amy p and Drew A


lv u loads babez miss u loads 2 lol! its amazing what cancer can do 2 ya but ur in a betta place and u hav got loads of m8s missin ya hon! ur the bravest gal ive eva meet and why did it have 2 b u ............. neva eva 4get ya xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx