Azaylia Cain’s grieving mum Safiyya Vorajee has shared an emotional post online following the loss of her daughter earlier this year
Azaylia Diamond Cain’s mum Safiyya Vorajee has shared a heartbreaking message online as she continues to grieve the death of her daughter.
Azaylia, the first child for both Safiyya and Ashley Cain, tragically passed away in April at just eight months old after battling an aggressive form of leukaemia.
Speaking on her Instagram Stories late Sunday evening, 34-year-old Safiyya told her 1.1 million followers how she finds it ‘difficult living with so much pain’ following her tragic loss.
“I enjoy it when I go to sleep because it’s the only way I get away from reality,” she confessed.
“Everyday is extremely hard to face life. My anxiety [and] depression is always really difficult to control. I miss my little baby so much.”
Following Azaylia’s heartbreaking death earlier this year, former footballer Ashley and Safiyya created The Azaylia Foundation in August – an organisation they hope will help other parents going experiencing a similar situation to what they went through.
In her Instagram update on Sunday night, Safiyya revealed that the foundation is the only thing keeping her going as she tries to cope with the death of her daughter.
“I find it difficult living with so much pain,” the beauty therapist continued.
“My heart is broken [and] shattered to pieces.”
“My purpose is @theazayliafoundation the only thing that keeps me going.”
Last month, 30-year-old Ashley explained that he and Safiyya now have a “new purpose in life” as they begin to help other children in honour of their late child.
Speaking to The Sun, the former Coventry FC player explained that he and his partner want to help those experiencing the “most traumatic and terrible journey”.
“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.These cancers are only rare because no one is talking about them and raising awareness,” the Ex on the Beach star said.
The doting dad continued, adding: “We have a new purpose in life. Helping other children in Azaylia’s name means more to us than the air in our lungs.”
Earlier this month, Ashley and brother Matty completed an epic 1,000-mile bike ride in memory of his late daughter.
The TV personality was in tears as he reached John O’Groats on September 14, after setting off from Land’s End 14 days previously.
- National Covid-19 NHS Bereavement Helpline 0800 2600 400
- The Good Grief Trust thegoodgrieftrust.org
- Cruse Bereavement Care 0808 808 1677 cruse.org.uk
- Bereavement Trust 0800 435 455 bereavement-trust.org.uk
- Child Bereavement UK 0800 02 888 40 childbereavementuk.org
As Safiyya rushed to embrace him as the finish line, the star punched the air and addressed the waiting crowd.
With tears in his eyes, he said: “You don’t understand how much you guys welcoming us like this means to me. The love that you have for myself, my family and especially my little daughter is absolutely incredible. I’ve got a lot of hugs to give today.”
Looking to the sky above, he added: “Thank you, baby.”
Continuing to the crowd, he said: “I mean this from the bottom of my heart: whether you came out today just to support, whether you donate money or whether you’re riding along with us for a thousand or for 40 miles, everybody is just as important on this journey.
All we want to do in this world is make a difference to the kids fighting cancer. We want to continue Azaylia’s legacy. Together we are much stronger.”
If you’re struggling and need to talk, the Samaritans operate a free helpline open 24/7 on 116 123. Alternatively, you can email [email protected] or visit their site to find your local branch