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Fundraiser to support Millie Gribble’s family passes target

Posted on - 21st August, 2023 - 6:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, Charities, Garstang, Preston News, Wyre News
Millie with her parents Pic: GoFundMe/Stacy Nelson

More than £5,000 has been raised to help support the family of Millie Gribble following her death.

The six-year-old died in hospital from injuries sustained when a van hit her, and two other other children, on the A6 at Barton during Tuesday 15 August at lunchtime.

Millie was rushed to hospital and after receiving treatment for two days was pronounced dead on Thursday 17 August.

A GoFundMe page set up by Stacy Nelson has now raised £5,242 from more than 300 donations – achieving the £5,000 target set.

Stacy said: “The loss of Millie has left a huge hole in our hearts. We are reaching out to the community for help in covering the costs of the funeral and other expenses.

“Any donation, no matter how small, will make a difference to Joe and Sam (Millie’s parents). Thank you in advance for your generosity. We are grateful for any support you are able to provide.”

Millie Gribble Pic: Preston Police

In a statement released on Saturday, Millie’s parents said: “Millie was not only an amazing little girl, she was a precious daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend but most importantly she was a priceless gift to us all.

“There are no words to describe how much Millie was loved and how her loss has affected everyone who knew her.

“Millie loved spending precious time with family and friends. She had a passion for playing football, swimming, going on new adventures and was a big fan of music and YouTube.

“Millie loved her pets, her hamster Fang, her brother’s cat Mia and her 14-week-old puppy Duke her little sidekick.

“Millie had so many great qualities; she was kind, caring, funny, clever, energetic and full of life. Millie loved being part of a big family and talked about having her own family one day. Millie wanted to be a police officer when she grew up so she could help and support those people who needed it.

“In her short 6 years of life she brought so much joy to all our hearts and so many smiles to our faces. We will always cherish the memories we have with Millie for the rest of our lives.

“Whenever Millie entered a room she would never fail to light it up like she did with all our hearts.

“Millie never failed to make us laugh and smile with her mischievous antics and adorable sense of humour.

“Millie was such a happy little girl who will be eternally missed by her family and friends and all who knew her.

“Millie you may be gone Sweetheart but you will never be forgotten. We hope you are flying with the angels in peace.”

Millie Gribble Pic: Preston Police

A 14-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl who were also injured in the crash are still in hospital at this time.

Preston Police are continuing to investigate the crash and a 59-year-old man from Nateby, near Garstang, was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He has been released under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting log 733 of August 15, 2023 or email SCIU@lancashire.police.uk

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