An 11-year-old girl who died just weeks after starting a new school has been recalled as “the center of our universe” by her parents.
Annabel Greenhalgh, from the West Midlands, also “had a wonderful, gentle soul,” her family stated in a tribute.
“[We] are completely and completely devastated to announce the passing of Annabel on Friday, October 14,” her parents Josie and Craig said in a statement released by Alcester Grammar School following her heartbreaking death.
“The magnitude of our shock, grief and complete emptiness is unimaginable.
“She was the centre of our universe. Our hearts are shattered.”
“We were so very proud of Annabel,” the eulogy went on. She was an inspiration to all.
“She had a beautiful, kind soul. She was gentle, phenomenally bright, fun and always inclusive of everyone. She was loved by so many.
“We have found comfort in the outpouring of love for her in our community and thank everyone that attended her vigil last night.
“We pray she felt the love for her.”
Josie later told Birmingham Live she wanted “as many people as possible to know how wonderful Annabel was”.
Her daughter had spent time in Birmingham Children’s Hospital over the years, and she described Birmingham as “extremely significant” to her family.
St Chad’s Church in Warwickshire was accessible every night last week for people who wanted to light a candle for Annabel or leave a message in the book of condolences.
Rachel Thorpe, Principal of Alcester Grammar School, also paid tribute to Annabel.
Ms Thorpe wrote: “Today AGS is shocked and saddened to mourn the unexpected death of one of our wonderful Y7 students, Annabel.