Ashley Cain has revealed that he and his grieving partner Safiyya Vorajee are setting up a charity in their daughter Azaylia’s name just weeks after her tragic passing.
The 30-year-old former Ex On The Beach star faced every parent’s worst nightmare when he and Azaylia’s mum were forced to say goodbye to their beautiful eight-month-old girl after she lost her battle to leukaemia.
Although her life was tragically cut short, brave Azaylia inspired millions of supporters across the globe as she put up an incredible fight against her aggressive terminal illness, with fans raising over £1.6 million to help save her life.
Azaylia’s heartbroken parents have now revealed that they plan to put the money to good use as they set their sights on a charity in their beautiful daughter’s name.
In a tear-jerking statement released on Azaylia's GoFundMe page on Saturday, Ashley and Safiyya thanked their supporters before they announced the bitter-sweet news.
"To all our amazing supporters, we wanted to - firstly - send our heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated money, made and sent gifts, commented, prayed, and showered our family with love and strength during the toughest days of our lives.
"Azaylia joined the angels in heaven on Saturday, April 24, after the most courageous battle with AML.
"She showed her heart, strength, and determination every step of the way and we are so, so, proud of her.”
The statement went on: “During her short life on earthside, she brought the world together, she claimed a community - her very own pride - who came together to make amazing things happen. The world lit up. The world talked about childhood cancer. The world showed it heart. And YOU helped to make all of that happen.
"The amount of money needed for Azaylia’s potential treatment in Singapore was raised in just 24 hours. That money can sadly no longer be used to help Azaylia but we want to make sure it is used positively - and in Azaylia’s name.
"After days of emotional yet careful consideration we have decided that, firstly, we would like to use some to give Azaylia a magical and deserving send off - something that we believe you would all want to be a part of.
"Secondly, we will use the remaining money to help other children through a new charity we are setting up in Azaylia’s name. She has guided us throughout this process and it only feels right that we continue to use the platform we built together to help those in similar situations.”
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The grieving couple finished off the post by penning: “What we saw during our time fighting this monster has changed us forever and we will spend the rest of our lives spreading Azaylia’s message of hope and strength to all those who need it. We will ensure she lives on until the day we are able to hold her again in paradise.
“Azaylia's parents ended today's statement by saying: "We hope you will all continue to support us and keep our Likkle Lion Azaylia’s name in your hearts and thoughts forever.
"Together we can make a positive difference to the world and fight Childhood Cancer. #LetsGoChamp."
You can donate to Azaylia's charity, here.