‘Born a princess, died a hero’ – balloon release to remember hero teenager

Friends and family of Tonibeth Purvis take part in a balloon release in her memory at a fun day organised by Tonibeth's friends, Ilarni Clark and Caitlin Francis.   Tonibeth Purvis died in the River Wear last week.
Friends and family of Tonibeth Purvis take part in a balloon release in her memory at a fun day organised by Tonibeth's friends, Ilarni Clark and Caitlin Francis. Tonibeth Purvis died in the River Wear last week.
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FRIENDS and family of a heroic teenager who died trying to save a friend from drowning have released dozens of balloons to remember her.

Tonibeth Purvis, 15, and Chloe Fowler, 14, died last week after getting into difficulty in a stretch of the water in Fatfield.

Tonibeth, from Barmston, was hailed a hero after diving in to try to save Chloe, of Shiney Row. Sadly the pair drowned.

A fundraising memorial event took place this afternoon at the Millennium Centre, in Concord, Washington, which Tonibeth’s mum Charlene attended.

Balloons were released in honour of Tonibeth, with friends wearing T-shirts with a picture of her on and bearing the words “Born a princess, died a hero”.