Funeral plans for Sunderland teenager who died after house party

Sarah Clerkson
Sarah Clerkson
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PLANS are being made to lay to rest a teenager who died after a house party.

Sarah Clerkson, originally from Witherwack, was found at the County Durham home and taken to the University Hospital of North Durham, where she later died.

The 14-year-old, who had moved schools from Sunderland to Durham about six weeks before her death, after being fostered, was a victim of bullying according to social network sites.

There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances relating to Sarah’s death on Saturday, December 7.

Her grandparents David and Linda Chapman, of Roker, said they thought she had “turned a corner” in the weeks before she died.

David said: “We thought things were starting to change for her.

“The last month or two she’s been with her new foster parents, everything had been positive.

“However, to begin with, there’d been a problem with her introduction into a new school. She was bullied for about a week.

“You know what they’re like when new kids come, but it had all blown over.

“Sarah’s foster mother couldn’t believe it because she was happy and really up.

“It’s just come out of the blue.”

Durham Constabulary has said it is not investigating any allegations of bullying related to Sarah’s death.

The teenager was found dead at the house in Ash Grove, Spennymoor.

Flowers were laid at the front door of the house where the party had been held, and a Facebook page called RIP Sarah Clerkson has been launched by schoolfriends.

After the first week passed since the tragedy, one friend wrote: “A week today since you left us, baby.

“Fly with the angels. Still hasn’t sunk in.

“Missing you so much. Love you, Sarah. Rest in peace, beautiful.”

Sarah’s funeral is expected to be held on Friday at Holy Trinity Church in Southwick, but details are still being finalised.