Isla Wilkinson's family thanks community for amazing support after Sunderland five-year-old's tragic death
The family of a brave Sunderland schoolgirl who died in her parents’ arms has thanked the public for their love and support following the tragedy.
Little Isla Wilkinson, a Farringdon Primary School pupil, was rushed into hospital earlier this week after falling ill at home.
She lost her life on Friday, December 6 after spending a couple of days in Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary in the precious company of her loved ones.
Marcia Hogan-Williams, Isla's aunt, told the Echo how much the RVI’s support meant to the family, particularly Isla’s mum Alex Williams, who shared the final hours with her daughter painting her nails, plaiting her hair and making sure she was comfortable in her pyjamas.
Marcia said: “They got handprints and footprints from Isla for Alex to keep and she was baptised in the hospital. Those last hours with her were so valuable.”
As news of the tragedy broke, floods of tributes were paid to “little princess” Isla from across the city – and a GoFundMe page set up to support her family and go towards their final goodbye has raised more than £15,000.
Marcia added: “It’s such a weight off Alex’s shoulders in organising the funeral and giving back. She is so grateful for everyone’s support. It has really kept her going.”
Now, the family has been coming up with ideas on how to remember Isla.
Her brother Aiden, nine, plans to keep his memories of Isla in a scrapbook, while Alex is looking into getting a memorial bench in Sunderland’s Barnes Park – one of her daughter’s favourite places.
The family also plans to organise a “princess” funeral for the five-year-old in due course.
The cause of her death is being investigated.
Marcia added: “She was never ill. She was a healthy little girl. It was just this once and it happened so suddenly. We’re not sure what actually caused all of this.”