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Ashley Cain has revealed why he won't shave his beard with an adorable video of his daughter Azaylia, who died in April after battling a rare form of leukaemia.
In the clip, shared on Ashley's Instagram page, the Ex on the Beach star and campaigner explained Azaylia used to love playing with his beard.
And some of the same hair that Azaylia once held and played with is still there.
Watch the clip below:
The adorable video shows baby Azaylia playfully tugging and pulling Ashley’s beard with her hands and feet.
"A lot of people have been asking why I don’t shave my beard off? - If you watch this video you’ll see how much my daughter loved playing with it and I haven’t touched or trimmed it since she did,” Ashley explained in the caption.
"It means a lot to me because I still have the hair on my face that she used to love to hold onto and grapple with so much. It is something she held, it is something I cherish, it is the lions mane and like Samson, it is something that gives me strength."
He added: "I am so happy I have all of these beautiful memories of azaylia to look back on even though they hurt and bring tears to my eyes every time. They make me grateful that I was privileged enough to love her, be loved by her and to have spent every single day of her life by her side."
Ashley finished the post with: "I LOVE YOU."
The eight-month-old captured the hearts of the nation during her treatment for acute myeloid leukaemia.
Ashley and Safiyya had hoped to take their daughter to Singapore to undergo lifesaving CAR T-cell therapy for her cancer, even fundraising over £1.5 million to make the trip.
But they were then dealt another devastating blow, and told by the facility that the treatment was no longer an option, because the blood cancer was so rare.
Ashley and Safiyya since set up the Azaylia Cain foundation, which launched on 31st August.
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