Violet-Grace Youens, who was tragically killed in a hit-and-run, was today laid to rest
Violet-Grace Youens died in her mother’s arms a day after she was struck by a car as she crossed a road with her grandmother Angela French.
Mrs French, 55 who was seriously injured in the smash, attended the emotional service in a wheelchair.
The youngster’s anguished mother, Rebecca Youens, 29, her face crumpled in grief, dyed her hair pale purple and wore a dress and jacket in the same colour for the little girl’s funeral.
Her distraught husband Glenn, 30, wore a purple tie as his tribute.
The four-year-old girl was laid for set surrounded by mourners dressed in violet
Supported by other family members, the pair lifted their daughter’s small coffin from the white horse-drawn carriage that had borne it on its final journey.
And as they carried it into the Church of St Julie, in Eccleston, St Helen’s Merseyside- the same church where they were married and where Violet-Grace was baptized – the song True Colours, from the animated film ‘Trolls’ played out to the waiting mourners.
The casket itself was brightly decorated with rainbows and characters from Trolls and in one heart-rending moment dad Glenn placed a tender kiss on the lid.
Earlier, hundreds of townspeople had lined the route of the funeral cortege- shaken by the cruelness of the tragedy.
Inside the church, many adults wore the colour violet while children were dressed in fairytale and superhero costumes.
Her funeral was held at the Church of St Julie, where her parents were married and she was baptised
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The ceremony was heavily-inspired by fairytales, with Get Back Up Again – also from Dreamworks film Trolls – Let It Go, the hit song from Disney’s Frozen, and the Labyrinth film version of David Bowie’s Dance Magic, played during the service.
The order of service was a colourful 12 page tribute to Violet-Grace showing her life in pictures.
It featured more than 50 photographs showcasing the magic she brought to those who loved her, as well as images of characters from Trolls and Frozen.
A message to mourners read: “Violet-Grace’s family would like to thanks everyone for their love and kindness in this tragic time.”
The service was led by parish priest Canon Thomas Neylon, who said those who had been in church with Rebecca and Glenn for happier occasions could not have imagined being here today “in circumstances no one could have foreseen.”
The order of service was a colourful 12 page tribute to Violet-Grace showing her life in pictures
But he said Violet-Grace had “won the affection of those she came into contact with during her short life and stirred the hearts of many more who have heard of her because of her death.”
A party to celebrate her life was held after the service, with bouncy castles, face painting, princesses and superheroes.
Violet-Grace, who had a 22- month old brother Oliver, saved two lives by donating her pancreas and kidneys after her death.
The crash which killed her happened in St Helens on March 24.
Aidan McAteer, 23, from St Helens, has been charged with causing the death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and stealing a car,
Dean Brennan, 27, of no fixed address, is charged with assisting an offender, theft of a motor vehicle and the aggravating offence of allowing oneself to be carried within a stolen vehicle.
Both men are next due to appear at Liverpool Crown Court on April 26.