Following the death of a 6-year-old girl who was killed by a falling tree, her family has paid tribute to their “beautiful” daughter.
Ella Henderson died in hospital on Saturday morning after being struck by a tree outside Gosforth Park First School in Newcastle on Friday.
Today, Ella’s family issued a heartfelt tribute to their beloved daughter and sister, who is understood to have died around her mum’s 40th birthday.
They said: “Ella is our beautiful baby girl now and always.
“We want to say a heartfelt thank you to the teachers, emergency services and the staff at the RVI who did everything they could to help her.
“We are truly humbled by all the support and donations, even from people we have never met before.
“She was so brave and so strong, she brought so much joy to us, her big sister Abi, her family, her besties and all who she met.
“We feel incredibly blessed to have had her in our lives. We had the perfect family and she will live on in our hearts.”
Ella’s mum has since set up a fundraising page for the Great North Air Ambulance Service, who were among the emergency services responding to the incident.
The page has already raised over £30,000 in her daughter’s name.
In a Facebook post, Mrs Henderson wrote: “This is not a post I thought I would ever be writing [for] my birthday this year, I’m asking for donations to Great North Air Ambulance Service.
“I’ve chosen this charity because their mission means a lot to me, and I hope that you’ll consider contributing as a way of celebrating with me. Every little bit will help me reach my goal.”
‘SHOCKED AND DEVASTATED’
Tributes poured in for the little girl over the weekend, with bunches of flowers, messages and soft toys left at the school gates.
Headteacher of Gosforth Park school, Leanne Lamb, said extra support was being put in place for students and staff who are “devastated” by the little girl’s death.
She said: “Our entire school community has been shocked and devastated by the tragic news that one of our pupils passed away during the night, as a result of injuries suffered from a falling tree in the school grounds.
“First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the child’s family and friends as they come to terms with this tragic loss.
“As a school and community, we will take the time to mourn and are putting in place extra support for the staff and pupils who are devastated by this incident.”
Emergency services were called around 1pm on Friday to reports of a girl left seriously injured by a falling tree.
A spokeswoman for the North East Ambulance Service said they sent specialist paramedics, an ambulance, rapid response paramedic, a hazardous area response team and an officer to the scene.
They also requested the support of Great North Air Ambulance.
Detective Inspector Steve Byrne, of Northumbria Police, said: “This was an incredibly tragic incident and our thoughts go out to Ella’s family and loved ones at this unbelievably difficult time.
“We will continue to offer them any support they need, and they have asked that their privacy is respected as they grieve the loss of Ella.”
An investigation has been launched with police working in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive.