Family pay tribute to ‘beautiful’ girl, 6, killed by tree falling at her school
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The heartbroken parents of a “beautiful” six-year-old girl who died after she was hit by a falling tree at her school have paid tribute to her.
Little Ella Henderson, 6, was rushed to hospital following an incident with a tree at Gosforth Park First School, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Northumbria Police received a report a child had been "seriously injured" shortly after 1.15pm on Friday September 25.
An ambulance was called and the girl, now named as Ella, was rushed to hospital, but she sadly passed away on Saturday morning.
Ella’s family have issued a heartfelt tribute to their beloved daughter, who described the six-year-old as beautiful, "brave and strong."
The family said they feel "incredibly blessed" to have had Ellia in their lives and said she will "live on" in their hearts.
They also thank all teachers at the school and emergency staff who did "every they could to help" and said they've been "humbled" by all the support received.
In a statement, the family 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."
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Detective Inspector Steve Byrne of Northumbria Police described the incident as "incredibly tragic" and said the force will "continue to support them" in any way they need.
In a statement, Inspector Byrne 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 following the incident.
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