‘Lacey was the most car­ing child you could ever meet’

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THE par­ents of a school­girl who died sud­denly on a camp­ing trip have paid trib­ute to their ‘en­er­getic, car­ing and bub­bly’ daugh­ter.

Lacey War­bur­ton, seven, from Staly­bridge, col­lapsed in her fa­ther’s arms af­ter play­ing dur­ing the hol­i­day last month.

Paramedics rushed to the camp­site, near Hal­i­fax in West York­shire, but within 90 min­utes, Lacey died in hospi­tal. The cause of her death is un­known l● and fur­ther tests are be­ing car­ried out.

Lacey, known by her loved ones as their ‘lit­tle but­ter­fly’, may have had a weak heart.

Par­ents Ray, 38, and Jodie, 35, said they want to cel­e­brate Lacey’s life and have plans to set up a char­ity in her mem­ory.

Just hours be­fore the tragedy on Au­gust 14, Lacey spent the day shop­ping with her mum and was treated to new toys.

She was ex­cited to show them to a new friend stay­ing nearby. Lacey was play­ing in her tent with her older brother be­fore her new friend joined them. She told her brother she was feel­ing un­well and they went to tell their par­ents.

Ray said: “She started to say she felt sick. She fell back onto the floor, I thought she was mess­ing around. I picked her up and took her out­side and stood her up. She felt a bit wob­bly. Then from nowhere she threw her arms out and with a big smile said, ‘I am fine, Daddy’.

“So I thought she was mess­ing about. She then col­lapsed onto me, I had her in my arms. Once the am­bu­lance ar­rived you think ev­ery­thing is go­ing to be all right, but they never brought her back again.”

Jodie said: “That day we had gone into Hal­i­fax, bought her some new toys to play with her friend.

“She was fine. We went to the shops and got crisps, drinks and bits and bobs, she was fine in the car.

“When we got back she was up­set her friend was not back, but then her friend did come back.

“What is heart­break­ing is that her friend and her brother wit­nessed it.”

Lacey was a for­mer pupil at Po­plar Street Pri­mary School and started at St Peter’s Catholic Pri­mary in Staly­bridge this year.

“Any­one that knew her knew she would light up any room,” Ray said.

“She was en­er­getic, full of life. She was one of the most bub­bly peo­ple. She would make friends with any kids. She was the most car­ing child you could ever meet.”

There was stand­ing room only at Lacey’s fu­neral, which the fam­ily pre­fer to re­fer to as ‘Lacey’s Day’, at Duk­in­field Ceme­tery last Thurs­day.

A car­riage was pulled by ‘uni­corn’ horses and a bus was filled with bal­loons, which were later re­leased.

Lacey’s mum and dad want to set up a char­ity in her name.

The fam­ily has set up Face­book page – ‘Love of Lacey’ – and are ap­peal­ing for help to get the char­ity up and run­ning. There are plans to host an adult only event and a fam­ily-fun day to raise cash next month.

Dates are yet to be fi­nalised and Ray and Jodie still look­ing for venues. They say there should be more char­i­ties for par­ents whose chil­dren pass away sud­denly.

“I am heart­bro­ken with sup­port – I wouldn’t like to imag­ine what peo­ple Sarah, 28 are go­ing through who don’t have sup­port,” Jodie added.

“We have bro­ken down a few times over the past cou­ple of weeks, some­times we just want to get out and go away from it all. We want there to be a car­a­van or a log cabin for peo­ple to get away.” To make a do­na­tion, visit face­book.com/ LoveOfLacey. Join hun­dreds of peo­ple who are tak­ing on the BHF’s iconic 52-mile ride from Manch­ester to Black­pool, through the night to help fund life sav­ing re­search into heart and cir­cu­la­tory con­di­tions. Get your friends to­gether, sad­dle up and make in­cred­i­ble mem­o­ries, from Manch­ester to Black­pool, through the night.

Be­come a Champion for the BHF.

A PROJECT to put mes­sages of sup­port for those think­ing of tak­ing their own life on Greater Manch­ester’s mo­tor­way bridges has been hailed by po­lice.

It’s thought that at least a dozen lives have been saved by the project, which was cre­ated by mum-oftwo Lisa Barnes who had also pre­vi­ously con­sid­ered tak­ing her own life. Bridge the Gap has dec­o­rated about 20 bridges with the unique hand­writ­ten mes­sages along the M60, M56 and M62.

Peo­ple can do­nate to the project at just­giv­ing..

Lacey War­bur­ton

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