Hundreds at funeral of Doncaster fire death tot

Libby Jayne Hornsby's coffin is carried out of church followed by friends and family. Picture: Andrew Roe

Libby Jayne Hornsby's coffin is carried out of church followed by friends and family. Picture: Andrew Roe

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Hundreds of mourners gathered at a church in to pay their final respects to tragic Doncaster house first death tot Libby-Jayne Hornsby.

Relatives and friends at the Conisbrough funeral of two-year-old Libby-Jayne Hornsby heard her described as an ‘angel who touched the hearts of many’.

Libby-Jayne Hornsby, who died following a house fire in Conisbrough.

Libby-Jayne Hornsby, who died following a house fire in Conisbrough.

Around 200 family members, friends and well-wishers attended St Peter’s Church in Conisbrough to say goodbye to the two-year-old, pictured right, who lost her life following a house fire.

Floral tributes spelled out her name on the hearse, alongside dozens of poignant notes of condolence.

Some mourners wore clothes and accessories in bright purple and lilac in tribute to Libby-Jayne.

Reverend Alan Griffiths, leading the service, said: “She touched the hearts of many, as only an angel can.”

Libby-Jayne Hornsby, who died in a house fire. Picture: Andrew Roe

Libby-Jayne Hornsby, who died in a house fire. Picture: Andrew Roe

The service heard Libby-Jayne was a popular member of a toddlers’ group at the church, and enjoyed singing with ‘wonderful joy’.

Mourners then sang a favourite hymn of hers - Our God Is A Great Big God.

Rev Griffiths described some of Libby-Jayne’s favourite places, telling the congregation she loved to see the animals at Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

The tot also looked forward to trips to Pizza Hut, and loved looking at the plants and flowers at garden centres. The service heard Libby-Jayne’s favourite film was Toy Story, and she adored playing with her Barbie dolls.

Rev Griffiths said the little girl had an ‘entertaining and refreshing sense of adventure’.

“She was a little girl who, with her ginger hair, bright blue eyes and pleasant smile, even a cheeky little look, would make anyone feel good in her world,” he said.

“She would bring a smile to anyone’s face.”

He added: “Libby-Jayne loved every experience her life gave her. In such a young life there are so many cherished and treasured memories. We remember her smiling face, infectious laughter and her delight at being with her family.”

He said Libby-Jayne adored her brother Dylan and her mum Kelly, and loved being carried up on the shoulders of her dad Neil.

In the days after the tragedy, mum Kelly Hambrey described her daughter as a ‘perfect little girl’.

Dad Neil Hornsby said: “She was always full of life and fun.”

A private burial followed the service. Donations were made to the fire service and Sheffield Children’s Hospital.