Tributes paid to ‘pre­cious, fun-lov­ing’ Kayla, eight

The Oban Times - - NEWS - LOUISE GLEN lglen@oban­

AN EIGHT-YEAR- OLD girl who died dur­ing an in­ci­dent near Ben­der­loch at the week­end has been de­scribed by her par­ents as lov­ing ‘mu­sic and dance as well as do­ing hair, nails and make-up’.

Kayla MacDon­ald, a pupil at the Rock­field Gaelic-medium unit in Oban, died at the scene of the in­ci­dent on a forestry path on Sun­day. She was a flu­ent Gaelic speaker.

The well-loved daugh­ter was home for the week­end af­ter spend­ing most of the sum­mer hol­i­days on the is­land of Tiree.

Last Fri­day the young­ster won the much- cov­eted prize for young stock­per­son’s best cross-bred ewe lamb suit­able for breed­ing, the An­nie Cameron Cup for the over­all cham­pion in the cat­tle and sheep sec­tions.

Kayla also won the re­serve prize for the best young han­dler at Tiree Agri­cul­tural Show.

Peo­ple who knew Kayla have talked about her beauty, her kind­ness and the joy it was to be in her com­pany both as a pupil at school and as a child­hood friend.

Kayla, who has two younger broth­ers, lived in Dun­beg, though her fam­ily has a long as­so­ci­a­tion with Tiree.

Fam­i­lies and friends, who said they will ‘miss her dearly’, were joined by peo­ple from all over the world who mourned the loss of the ‘fun-lov­ing’ young­ster who passed away in the tragic ac­ci­dent.

Kayla’s fam­ily said: ‘ Kayla was a pre­cious, fun-lov­ing eight-year- old who was loved by ev­ery­one around her. Kayla’s smile would light up a room.’

Her fam­ily is­sued a state­ment say­ing: ‘ Our wee girl loved mu­sic and dance as well as do­ing hair, nails and make-up. Kayla has two younger broth­ers who, along with the rest of her fam­ily and friends, will miss her dearly.’

A state­ment from Po­lice Scot­land said: ‘ Around 2.20pm, po­lice and emer­gency ser­vices were called to a re­port that a young girl had been trapped un­der logs in a for­est area at Ben­der­loch and that an­other 12-yearold girl had also been in­jured.

‘Kayla was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

‘The 12-year- old girl was taken to Oban hospi­tal be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to the Royal Hospi­tal for Sick Chil­dren in Glas­gow for treat­ment.

‘Med­i­cal staff de­scribe her con­di­tion as sta­ble.

‘A joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­tween Po­lice Scot­land and the Health and Safety Ex­ec­u­tive will take place to es­tab­lish the full cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the death.

‘How­ever, it is not be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious.

‘A re­port will be sub­mit­ted to the procu­ra­tor fis­cal.

‘It is un­der­stood the 12-year- old, who re­mains in hospi­tal, is a rel­a­tive of Kayla.

‘The young­sters are be­lieved to have been on a walk with fam­ily when the in­ci­dent hap­pened.’

A spokesper­son for For­est En­ter­prise Scot­land said: ‘Our thoughts are with the fam­ily and their friends at this very dif­fi­cult time and we of­fer them our deep­est con­do­lences.

‘We will now fo­cus on work­ing with the site con­trac­tor, Til­hill Forestry, and the Health and Safety Ex­ec­u­tive as in­ves­ti­ga­tions into this tragic in­ci­dent con­tinue.’ GAELIC singer and song­writer Claire Jor­dan, who was Kayla’s teacher, wrote a po­etic tribute to Kayla, en­ti­tled Sleep Tight, Lit­tle An­gel. Nighean bheag, bhòid­heach, bhàin, Làn beatha, aig­hear ‘s spòrs, Pearsan­tachd cho mòr ris a’ bheinn, ‘S tu bha cho coib­h­neil, còir. Sùilean deal­rach ris na reul­tan, Gruag mar a’ ghrian òir-bhuidh’ Fi­amh- ghàire mhòr, èib­h­neas, Cadal so­cair, sàmhach nis, a’ lu­aidh. ‘S mu­ladach sinn as d’ aon­ais, Do bhàs air ar leòn, Sgèith cho àrd a-nis, a’ lu­aidh, Cho árd ris na h- eòin. ‘S tu a-nis nad ri­on­nag, àrd Shuas anns na speu­ran, Tha nèamh air aingeal eile fhaigh­inn, Chan ur­rainn dhuinn a’ crei­dsinn. Cha bhith fa­clan idir ann, As ur­rainn dhuinn a ràdh, Ach bidh thu na ar smuain­tean, Gu sìor-sìor­raidh – Oid­hche Mhath. Sleep tight, lit­tle an­gel

Beau­ti­ful lit­tle fair-haired girl Full of life, joy and fun, Per­son­al­ity as big as the moun­tain, You were so gen­er­ous and kind. Eyes bright as the stars, Hair locks like the golden sun Great, joy­ful smiles; Sleep peace­fully, quiet now, loved one. We are sad with­out you, Your pass­ing has wounded us, Fly so high now, loved one, As high as the birds. You are now a star High up in the sky, Heaven has gained an­other an­gel. It is hard for us to be­lieve it. There are no words at all That we can say, But you shall be in our thoughts, Eter­nally – good night. Sleep tight, lit­tle an­gel.

Lit­tle Kayla MacDon­ald was pic­tured as re­cently as Fri­day at the Tiree Show with her dad Alas­tair ‘Et­tie’ and her brother Ruairidh.

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