Tragic death of 17 year old Dronfield school girl, sports-lover and inspiration to others

A 17-year-old schoolgirl who inspired others in their fight against cancer has tragically lost her own battle.

Monday, 8th October 2018, 2:21 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th October 2018, 7:30 am
Imogen Ellis undergoing treatment
Imogen Ellis undergoing treatment

Imogen Ellis, of Dronfield Woodhouse, passed away five days ago at home.

She had been suffering from a rare bone cancer and had to have a leg amputated last year.

‘Imy’ tried to keep as cheerful as possible and inspired others suffering from serious ailments.

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Imogen Ellis. Picture by Bob Westerdale

At some point before her death, she penned a note for those who loved her - asking them to celebrate her life with a "heck of a send off."

It was revealed last summer how Imogen, then 16, had contracted 'ewing sarcoma' the year before - it affects fewer than 30 children in the UK a year.

The Henry Fanshawe pupil - who used to exercise and train at the former S18 boxing gym in Dronfield - was a keen horse-rider, hockey and netball player.

For months, she fought the disease with treatment, sometimes at the Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield.

Imogen Ellis

Her dad, Richard said: "Our beautiful Imy passed away Wednesday morning which has left a massive hole in our family.

"She has left a note asking for all her family and friends to give her one heck of a send-off.

"Those that knew her knew what a lovely, likable girl she was, with an infectious laugh, and this is how she wants to be remembered.

"She has told us that if you know her then you are very welcome to come and give an amazing send-off, and Imy being Imy has asked you all to come bright colourful clothes as she wants to be celebrated," said Richard, of Hollingwood, Chesterfield.

The funeral is at Brimmington Crematorium on Friday October 12 at 2:50pm.

A wake to celebrate her life will be held at the Hollingwood Hotel pub - the end point for a charity walk which began from Bramall Lane, last year. Imogen left her parents, two brothers, one sister and four step brothers.