Sunderland teen dies after shopping trip

Toni Allison
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A MUM is today fighting to come to terms with the sudden death of her bright and bubbly teenage daughter.

Toni Allison, 17, died unexpectedly after a day out shopping with friends on Sunday.

Her mum Sue, 51, was at home when she received a phone-call from one of Toni’s friends with the heart-breaking news.

Sue, of Galway Road, Grindon, said: “I was in total shock. I got the phone-call and I just couldn’t believe it.

“I’m still in total shock now and just can’t accept that she’s gone.”

Investigations into the cause of the popular City of Sunderland College student’s sudden death in Middlesbrough town centre are currently on-going.

Sue, 51, today paid tribute to her precious daughter.

She said: “I don’t know what I’m going to do without her.

“It was just me and her that lived in the house and we were very close so it’s really hard.

“Everybody knew her and she was the happiest, bubbliest person you could ever. She lived her life to the full.

“She crammed so much into her 17 short years and I think it’s going to take a long, long time before anyone forgets her.”

Toni was a regular at the A690 Youth Project where she touched the lives of many and often devoted her time to fund-raising to help support the group.

Her time there led to her deciding she wanted to be a youth worker and she was busy working hard towards her goal.

“Whenever any of her friends had a problem they would go to her,” Sue said.

“She would take anyone under her wing and was always looking after the underdogs. She didn’t like people getting picked on.

“She was a very passionate girl and if there was something worth fighting for then she would give it her absolute all.”

Toni leaves behind her mum, sister Kelly, 27, and nephews Alfie, three, and Harry, eight.

A funeral is being held at Sunderland Crematorium on Wednesday at 11am, followed by a celebration of her life at the Gleneagles pub in Grindon.

All are welcome and people are asked not to wear bright colours only and no black.

A page dedicated to the teenager’s memory on social networking website Facebook has provided some comfort to Sue.

The page, RIP Toni Allison, Never forgotten, has already received more than 1,070 likes from friends, with hundreds of messages being left on there.

Sue said: “Every night I just sit there and go through all of the messages. They’re my memories now and that’s my page and nobody can take it away from me.

“It’s nice to see all the messages left on there and to know she was so popular.”