Tributes are being paid to the three-year-old girl who sadly died after being thrown from an inflatable at Norfolk beach.
The tragedy happened on Sunday while the bouncy castle she was playing on ‘exploded’, according to eyewitnesses.
The little girl, Ava-May Littleboy, was spending a day at the beach with her family when she was thrown in the air. She was taken to hospital but died of injuries.
Now her family have been paying tribute in a heartbreaking statement, where they say she marked the life of everyone who met her.
The message read: ‘She was not your ordinary little girl. Her infectious laugh and smile could light up even the darkest of rooms.
‘Anyone that met her would not want to forget her.’
Ava-May’s family also set up on a Just Giving page to raise money to fund a child’s bench in her local park in Suffolk.
They say on the page: ‘On 1st July 2018, 3 year old Ava-May Littleboy tragically lost her life after a bouncy castle exploded on Gorleston beach, Norfolk.
‘Her family would like to kindly ask for donations to help fund a child’s bench in memory of Ava that will be put in her local park of Somersham, Suffolk.’
I will love you always and forever. Sleep tight my little angel. My everything my princess ! Until I see you again 💔 my heart is broken xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
So far they’ve raised a total of £6,368 – nearly £5,000 more than their original target of £1,500.
Many people touched by the news took to the comments section to express her condolences, with one saying: ‘We were on the beach at the time, then going to the bouncy park just before it happened, I can’t imagine what the family are going through right now, such a tragic loss, absolutely heartbroken for them all :(‘.
Thanking the support, Ava-May’s grandparents said on the page: ‘To all that have donated for this cause, We don’t know all of you but I am overwhelmed by your love and thoughts. Love Ava- Mays nanny and grandad ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️’.
In an official statement about the tragedy, a spokeswoman for East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) said: ‘We would like to thank everyone who rushed to respond the young patient, and did everything possible to give her treatment and care. Our thoughts are with the family at this time.’