Isla Tansley, the seven year old girl from Hinckley with a rare form of cancer, has died aged 7 years.
A campaign to remember her has inspired people all over the world to remember her by painting and hiding stones. People were encouraged to photograph, paint and re-hide the stones.
Decorated items (mostly stones) include the ‘#IslaStones’ hashtag so anyone finding a hidden article bearing the tag can find out more about the campaign online.
They can also post a picture on a dedicated Facebook group with over 50,000 members.
Cyclists from the Stoney Stanton Velo Club are reported to have placed three stones during their ride up Mont Ventoux in southern France.
The campaign is reported to have even reached the “….snowy climes of Antarctica, where researchers at the Australian Antarctic Division polished a piece of wood and painted it with a pair of penguins and a chick.”
Isla suffered from a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, also known as ‘DIPG’ is the second most common type of primary, high grade brain tumour in children. Following an operation last year, Isla lost feeling in her lower body.
Local Facebook Groups report ‘findings’ and ‘re-hides’
Member of the Facebook Group, ‘All Things Enderby’, Lucy Bloomfield posted “Leia’s stone found in Enderby – rehidden in The Pastures”
Andy Allbut-King, posting on the Facebook Group ‘The Pastures, Narborough’ wrote “Found a stone this morning on The Pastures in Narborough, then I was informed that this little angel had passed. Fly high with the angels my sweet one. Condolences to your mummy and daddy.”
More information on the Facebook Group #IslaStones