Donations for bench to remember Ava-May Littleboy reach over £8,000 in less than 24 hours
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Thousands of pounds have been raised in memory of Ava-May Littleboy, the three-year-old Suffolk girl who died on Sunday after being thrown from an inflatable trampoline.
The tragedy happened at the beach in Lower Esplanade, Gorleston. Ava-May was taken to nearby James Paget Hospital but later died.
On Monday night, a page was set up by Abbie Littleboy on the crowdfunding platform JustGiving to collect donations in memory of the little girl.
The page explains that her family are hoping to place a child’s bench in memory of Ava-May in a park in Somersham, where she is thought to have lived.
The family had hoped to raise £1,500 for the bench but last night, the amount raised had more than quadrupled to over £8,000.
More than 600 individuals have donated to the fundraising page with many leaving messages of support for the Littleboy family and sharing their memories of the young girl.
A spokesperson for Somersham Parish council said the council would be discussing the bench idea at their next meeting on a date to be confirmed.
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Meanwhile Ava-May’s family paid tribute to her.
“She was not your ordinary little girl, as anyone she met, she would leave a lasting impression on,” the family said. “Anyone that met her would not want to forget her.
“Her infectious laugh and smile could light up even the darkest of rooms.”
Norfolk police officers were called to the Lower Esplanade in Gorleston at around 11.15am on Sunday morning following reports that a child had been thrown from an inflatable trampoline. The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust received more than a dozen calls just after 11am.
At a press conference held on Monday Supt Roger Wiltshire, of Norfolk Police, said: “I am a dad myself and I cannot imagine what the family are going through. You go to a place like Gorleston for a day out and then this happens.”
An investigation into Ava-May’s death is being coordinated by the Health and Safety Executive along with the police and an environmental health officer from Great Yarmouth Borough Council.
A cordon which remained in place on Gorleston beach from Sunday morning was expected to be lifted yesterday afternoon following the conclusion of investigative work there.