A floral tribute to Isle of Wight youngster Sophie Rolf. Picture by Robin Crossley.
HUNDREDS of people turned out today (Monday) for the funeral of for six-year-old Sophie Rolf who died last week after battling an inoperable brain tumour.
Many mourners dressed in bright colours and wore butterflies in honour of Sophie, known to friends and family as a beautiful butterfly, for the funeral at St Saviour's Church in Totland.
Sophie's parents, Aaron and Gemma, said in their tribute to their daughter that she was a caring, loving and mischievous girl who was generous beyond her years.
Aaron said: "So many wonderful memories and experiences that we shared, so many laughs and tears since the day she blessed us with her presence.
"It's testament to her spirit and character to see so many people here today."
He added: "We like to think her cancer didn't beat her, she refused to let it stop her doing anything she wanted to do.
"Sophie did things her way as always and she decided when enough was enough."
Editor’s footnote: The Isle of Wight County Press attended the funeral with the kind permission of the Rolf family.