Family heartbroken as girl, 11, dies suddenly weeks after starting at new school

A family have shared their heartbreak after their daughter suddenly died just weeks after starting a new school.

The parents of Annabel Greenhalgh, 11, said they have been left "devastated" by the tragedy and described her as the "centre of her family's universe."

Annabel had just joined Alcester Grammar School but had already become "a well-loved member of her form," the school said.

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The "wonderful" student sadly passed away earlier this month on October 14, reports Birmingham Live.

Alcester Grammar School shared a statement on behalf of her parents Josie and Craig, which read: “[We] are completely and utterly devastated to announce the passing of Annabel on Friday, October 14.

"The magnitude of our shock, grief and complete emptiness is unimaginable.

"She was the centre of our universe. Our hearts are shattered."

The poignant message added: "We were so incredibly proud of Annabel. 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 said that she wanted "as many people as possible to know how wonderful Annabel was".

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The grieving mother said the youngster had spent time at Birmingham Children’s Hospital over the years and the city was "very special" to her family.

St Chad’s Church in the Warwickshire village of Bishop’s Tachbrook has remained open every night this week between 6pm and 7pm.

Those wishing to can light a candle or write in the book of condolence.

Alcester Grammar School Principal Rachel Thorpe also paid tribute to Annabel.

She wrote: "Today AGS is shocked and saddened to mourn the unexpected death of one of our wonderful Y7 students, Annabel. In her short time with us, she threw herself into school life and was a well-loved member of her form.

"Our thoughts are with her parents."

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