Chesterfield rallies around family of much-loved Sarah Freckingham

Sarah's family wanted the Derbyshire Times to use this picture of her as a baby for this tribute piece.
Sarah's family wanted the Derbyshire Times to use this picture of her as a baby for this tribute piece.
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The Chesterfield community is rallying around the family of the late Sarah Freckingham.

Fourteen-year-old Sarah sadly died suddenly and was found in the bedroom of her home on St Augustine’s Road earlier this month.

Following the tragedy, generous residents have come together to help support her relatives.

On Friday, pupils at Spire Nursery and Infant School, Spire Junior School, Whitecotes Primary Academy and Parkside Community School, where Sarah attended, took part in a non-uniform day.

They raised several hundred pounds which will be given to Sarah’s mother so she can buy a headstone for her much-loved daughter.

Gussie's Kitchen, based at St Augustine's Church, also raised £260 for Sarah's family this week.

Meanwhile, an online fundraising page has been set up to help Sarah’s parents.

Katie Duroe, who started the page, said: “Sarah’s death came as a massive shock to all who knew and loved her.

"I have set up the page to help Sarah’s family either with costs towards the funeral or for them to get something in Sarah’s memory.

"I can’t imagine what her family is going through.”

There are also collection boxes in local businesses, including Boythorpe Fryer.

The Derbyshire Times has been inundated with tributes to Sarah and messages of support for her loved ones.

Her heartbroken mother Sharon paid tribute to her 'happy, smiley, lovely' daughter. She also thanked everybody for their kind words and support at this sad time.