by Henry James (November 2021)

AN 11-year-old girl’s death from a rare type of cancer less than a month after first complaining of stomach pains, has touched the town’s community.

The family of Carly Woods want to raise awareness of the children’s cancer called hepatocellular neoplasm which took the life of their daughter.

Carly’s parents took the youngster to the A&E at Ormskirk Hospital after she spoke of stomach pains on Monday, October 4. The youngster, who attended Lathom High School had to stay the night and have some tests, and was then moved to Alder Hey hospital.

After more tests, the doctors found Carly had a rare type of cancer in her liver, which had also spread to her lungs.

Carly, from Skelmersdale, had more tests and a biopsy on Monday, October 11.

Two days later, Carly was diagnosed with Hepatocellular neoplasm (HC-NOS).

Carly had to have an operation to put chemotherapy lines in but unfortunately, this rare type of cancer was too aggressive to be treated and doctors took the sad decision not to continue any type of treatment.

Carly died on the evening of November 1 with her father John and mother Kelly by her side. She also leaves a sister, 13, a brother of 13, and two younger brothers.

A fundraising campaign has been set up by Gary Langdon, a family member of Carly’s with the aim of raising awareness of this rare type of cancer and to raise donations to help the family.

John said: “It hasn’t really sunk in yet. We want to put the message out there about how aggressive this form of cancer is.

“The doctors have taken samples from Carly, which hopefully will help save thousands of young people’s lives, and stop other families having to go through the heartache we have suffered.

“That legacy is massive for such a small child.

“Everyone remembers Carly for her wild hair and her lively personality. She was very well liked. She was always with the kids on the estate and they saw her as a ‘mini mum’. We want to thank the community for supporting us.”

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Gary writes on the fundraising page: “Carly’s passing has undoubtedly left the whole family heartbroken and sent a ripple effect through the whole of Skelmersdale. Carly touched many hearts in the community.

“Any donations will be greatly appreciated to help the family in this sad time.”

Lathom High School has raised £1,400 for Cancer Research at Alder Hey hospital and Hillside primary, where Carly also went to school, have fundraised too, and are going to have a memorial garden called ‘Carly’s Friendship Corner.’

Carly’s funeral will be held today (Wednesday, November 17) at 3pm at Burscough crematorium.

The wake will be held in the Up Holland Labour Club.

Gary adds: “We welcome everyone to the service and the wake. Anyone who wishes to pay respects, but can’t attend the service can do so by meeting at John and Kelly’s house which is at the bottom of Ennerdale, Tanhouse between 1pm and 1.15pm when the hearse will arrive at the house.

“The service is going to be streamed. We have a website and link if you would like to watch the service. This is only being given out if you contact myself directly for this.

“For the celebration of Carly we are going to do a balloon release, if you would like to bring a balloon. There will be fireworks as well and we also have got a local singer to celebrate Carly’s legacy.

“Please can you wear colour to the service.

“If anyone has any questions regarding any of this please contact me directly.”

Find out more about the fundraiser by searching ‘Carly Woods tribute’ at

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