‘Chloe was an inspiration to so many’

Hundreds of tributes have been paid in memory of a much-loved Louth woman, Chloe Ward, who recently lost her battle with cancer.

Chloe Ward, pictured with her loving husband of two years, Shane. (Photo provided by Shane Ward)

Chloe, 28, who grew up in Holton le Clay, was first diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) in September 2015.

Against all odds, after a series of gruelling treatments, Chloe beat this rare form of leukaemia and became cancer-free the following year.

However, her illness returned in 2018, and by the start of this year she was given the devastating news that there were no more treatment options available.

Chloe Ward. (Photo provided by Shane Ward)

Surrounded by her family, Chloe sadly passed on Saturday, February 20, leaving behind her loving husband of two years, Shane.

Shane said: “Chloe was an inspiration to so many. She lit up a room as soon as she walked in, she was just so full of life.”

On Friday, March 19, Chloe will leave her Louth home for the final time at 10.25am.

The funeral cortège will head towards Grimsby Crematorium, taking a detour through Holton le Clay where those wishing to pay their respects are invited to stand on Louth Road, near the Royal Oak, while observing social distancing measures.

Chloe and Shane on their wedding day. (Photo provided by Shane Ward)

Shane added: “I think this could be a very heart warming moment for everyone to come together for Chloe and for each other.

“Chloe left her little mark on so many, I’m sorry you can’t all be at the funeral.

“Hopefully though this opportunity will help with the grieving process.”

Hundreds of people have added their own tributes to Chloe, who was employed as a business support officer for North East Lincolnshire Council.

Shane responded: “I can’t put into words how amazing it was to see the posts, messages and photos.

“Thank you for all of them, and the support shown to myself and all of Chloe’s friends and family.

“Chloe was an inspiration to so many, and I hope she can carry on being an inspiration.”

At the start of March, an online fundraising page was set up in Chloe’s memory to raise money for WISHH (Working Independently to Support Hull Hospitals), as a way of saying a special ‘thank you’ to the team at Castle Hill hospital where Chloe underwent much of her cancer treatment.

More than £3,000 was raised within the very first day, with the current total now exceeding £4,500 at the time of going to press.

In a message to all those who have donated, Shane said: “I can’t thank you all enough. Chloe would be so proud and grateful for everybody’s help.”

• Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/shane-ward3 to make a donation and leave your tributes in memory of Chloe.