Ashley Cain reveals heartbreaking picture of 365 white roses on daughter Azaylia's grave for ‘every day he’s missed her’

Ashley Cain reveals heartbreaking picture of 365 white roses on daughter Azaylia's grave for ‘every day he’s missed her’

ASHLEY Cain has revealed the 365 white roses he bought to place at late daughter Azaylia's grave one year after her tragic death.

The former footballer took to Instagram to show off the stunning floral display, that he said documented "every day he missed her".


Ashley, 31, and his girlfriend Safiyya spent the day at the graveside of their late daughter Azaylia, who tragically passed away last year.

Little Azaylia was just eight months old when she passed from acute myleoid leukaemia – an aggressive form of cancer.

She endured two rounds of chemotherapy treatment and a bone marrow transplant to try and fight off the disease.

Her cancer became too advanced before she could fly to Singapore for specialist treatment, and she passed away on April 24, 2021.

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In remembrance of his daughter one year on, Ashley took to her graveside with 365 white roses on Monday afternoon.

"I bought 365 white roses to be delivered to Azaylia's resting place on the Sunday we got to Trafalgar Square," he wrote next to the snap.

"A rose every day we have missed her. Thank you Safiyya for presenting them beautifully like you always do."

The photo showed the stunning archway of flowers, as well as teddies, toys and photographs, that had been laid out by the grave.

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Azaylia's name had been spelled out in other white flowers, while the roses and petal-filled balloons surrounded the resting place.

It comes shortly after Ashley broke down in tears as he completed a 100 mile run in memory of his late daughter Azaylia.

He was met by hundreds of adoring fans and family members at Trafalgar Square in London after the 24 hour ordeal.

Ashley set off from her memorial garden in Nuneaton and arrived at the lions – an animal associated with his daughter – on Sunday evening.

He was joined by some familiar faces along the way including Ant Middleton, who will help him through the final miles.

The mammoth task was to help raise funds for The Azaylia Foundation, which helps other families whose children have cancer.

Azaylia was diagnosed with leukaemia when she was eight weeks old.

The tot’s diagnosis and subsequent fundraiser got worldwide attention and a staggering £1.6million was raised in her name.

Ashley – a former winger with Coventry City and a contestant on MTV reality show Ex On The Beach – and Safiyya vowed to keep her memory alive through the charity.

Ashley recently told The Sun: “This will be the most traumatic and terrible journey for so many people.

“We want to honour Azaylia’s legacy to help others. This is about getting children and their families through the worst time of their lives.

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“These cancers are only rare because no one is talking about them and raising awareness. We have a new purpose in life.

“Helping other children in Azaylia’s name means more to us than the air in our lungs.”

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