Fundraiser set up after sudden death of 24-year-old Sunderland University student paramedic Georgia Barron
A fundraising appeal has been set up to rais money for the family of a student paramedic at Sunderland University after she suddenly died at the age of 24.
More than £3,000 has been raised for the family of Georgia Barron, a second year student at the University of Sunderland who sadly died at the age of 24 on Saturday, May 15.
Tributes have been paid to Georgia, who was working as an ambulance care assistant with the North East Ambulance Service alongside her studies, on the fundraising page.
Georgia’s family said: “We are extremely grateful for all the help and support that we have received during this time. Thank you to everyone who has been there for us. We would now like to request privacy to allow us to grieve in peace as a family.”
A total of £3,439 has been raised so far, with plans for the money to go towards supporting her family and their charities of choice, MIND and Endometriosis UK.
An organiser of the fundraiser said: “Everyone who had the pleasure of meeting Georgia knew that she was ambulance service through and through. She always managed to put a smile on both her colleagues and her patients faces.
"She’ll always be remembered for the happiness and cheekiness that she portrayed.”
A spokesperson for North East Ambulance Service confirmed the 24-year-old’s death last week and described Georgia as ‘a valued friend and colleague’.
Georgia had enrolled in the paramedic science course at Sunderland University while working for the ambulance service and had recently passed all of her first year exams.
The spokesperson for the ambulance service said: "Her family tell us how excited she was to begin her career as a paramedic and how she loved every day at NEAS, seeing everyone and working alongside her colleagues.
"Georgia had worked for the Trust for two years and had built a network of friendships across our service, as well as with her fellow students.
"Georgia will be greatly missed and on behalf of everyone here at NEAS, including our patients and the communities we serve, we offer our sincere condolences to the family.
"This will deeply affect many people within our service and we are supporting our staff and students during this very sad time.”