A devoted mother and campaigner has paid heartfelt tribute to her daughter who lost her brave battle with a brain tumour, and says “she can’t have passed for nothing”.

Six-year-old Molly Poole very sadly lost her four-year long battle with a medulloblastoma brain tumour last month.

Molly, who lived on Portland with mum Sam Tucker, her sisters Rebecca and Bella, and dad Jon, had courageously fought the disease since she was diagnosed at just two years old in 2013. 

In May this year, doctors delivered the devastating news that it was terminal, when her parents decided to stop treatment. 

Despite this, Sam said that Molly was a fighter who was loving life and had surprised doctors by passing her prognosis.

Sam said: “It was a bit of a shock, but for her I was grateful because it was quick. 

“I nursed her at home and that was my choice. I brought her into this world, and I just felt it was crucial that I should be there at the end.

“As parents, throughout the last four years, we have done everything we can. 

“What we are most gutted about is that we couldn’t save her, we ran out of time.

“The last few days she felt frustration because she couldn’t talk or get her words out. With that part of the body the disease is so cruel.”

Sam has devotedly campaigned for awareness of brain tumour symptoms since Molly’s diagnosis, saying that doctors found it two years too late. 

She set up Molly’s Magic Fund as a supporter group to The Brain Tumour Charity and has campaigned with HeadSmart, a campaign run by the charity aimed at recognising symptoms in babies, children and teens. 

Sam added: “Molly can’t be for nothing. 

“She was just such a dear soul, and one of things about Molly was that even as a baby she just had something. I would have people come up to me every time I go out, they’d hear her little voice and tell me I had such a sweet child.

“She was a fighter, she would be the child on the oncology ward that would scream because she couldn’t do something. 

“Looking back now, it was that spirit that kept her going. There was something magical about her.”

Sam has previously said that doctors failed to notice an increase in Molly’s head circumference which lead to the late diagnosis.

She said: “I want to change things in the local government. I want it to be followed up if a child’s head circumference is unusually big. I don’t doubt for a minute that Molly would still be here if it was followed up. 

“Lessons need to be learnt and I’ll do everything I can do make sure they are. She can’t have passed for nothing. She can’t be forgotten.

“I have wanted to be a mother since I was a teenager and Molly gave me the greatest gift, the gift of motherhood.”

Molly’s funeral will be held at All Saint’s Church on Portland, on Wednesday, October 18 at 12.30pm.

Anyone who knew Molly is invited to pay their respects before a private family ceremony. It will be followed by a balloon release from Portland Bill at 3.30pm.

Those who attend are politely asked wear bright colours and not black, and to bring foil and not rubber balloons to the release.