PEOPLE have shared tributes to an "inspirational" five-year-old who was born with a rare genetic condition.

Holly Prince, from Hindley, was diagnosed with Bloom Syndrome in March 2020, which is a condition with fewer than 300 recorded cases worldwide.

The condition, which was picked up after Holly was growing at a slower pace than others her age, causes immunodeficiencies, respiratory problems, and a higher likelihood of developing cancer.

Leigh Journal: Holly's condition meant that she was more susceptible to cancerHolly's condition meant that she was more susceptible to cancer

Leigh Journal: Holly with her siblingsHolly with her siblings

Around three months after the initial Bloom Syndrome diagnosis, doctors discovered a rare Wilm's tumour on Holly's kidneys, which later spread around her body.

After years of intense treatment, bouts of chemotherapy, and even signs of hope and optimism, Holly sadly passed away on Friday, April 8.

Leigh Journal: Holly with her dad MarkHolly with her dad Mark


People from across the borough followed Holly's journey online, and many were in awe of her strength, bravery, and ability to keep smiling through her treatment.

Showing their support for Holly and her family, people lined the streets of Hindley and Atherton as a horse and carriage carried Holly to her funeral on April 22. 

On Holly's Blooms Journey Facebook page, hundreds of people shared their condolences and tributes, with the five-year-old described as "inspirational", a "beautiful angel", a "little superstar", and a "very special little girl".

Leigh Journal: Holly and her familyHolly and her family

Holly's dad Mark, a construction manager and football coach at Atherton Town Football Club, said:

"Thank you to everyone that supported our family through Holly’s funeral.

"Seeing all the people lining the streets for her was lovely and the amount of people that came to the church and burial to pay their respects to Holly was unbelievable.

"We will love you forever Holly and your legacy will live on through all the people whose hearts you touched.

"We hope we did you proud and we will endeavour to make you proud every day."

Family and friends have also been fundraising for further research into Bloom Syndrome, which you can donate to here.

Leigh Journal: Holly has been described as an "inspiration"Holly has been described as an "inspiration"