On July 2, three-year-old Ava-May Littleboy was playing on an inflatable trampoline when she was catapulted 20 feet into the air the moment it exploded. Horrified beachgoers saw her landing back on the ground as her 25-year-old mother, Chloe Littleboy, screamed in terror while watching her daughter falling.
Her family spoke of Ava as "the little girl that loved life". "She was not your ordinary little girl, as anyone she met, she would leave a lasting impression on,” they said in a statement. “Anyone that met her would not want to forget her. Her infectious laugh and smile could light up even the darkest of rooms. She was the little girl that loved life."
Now, a JustGiving page was set up to ask for donations to install a park bench in Ava’s honor. Soon enough, many family members and friends came in for support.
"I will love you always and forever. Sleep tight my little angel. My everything my princess! My heart is broken," posted 28-year-old Laura Reid, the child's aunt on Facebook:
"This story broke my heart. No parent should have to experience such tragedy. My thoughts are with you. Rest in paradise little Abbie," said one donor. "So Tragic. Thoughts and prays for the family and all affected. Life is so fragile and precious, every moment should be valued and treasured. God rest your soul darling child," another one wrote.
21-year-old Abbie Littleboy, Ava’s aunt said in a statement: "Me and our family would like to build a memorial bench for our little Ava, please take a read of our story and help raise money for our beautiful angel".
Those who were at the beach at the time of the tragedy talked about their horror while they were witnessing the girl falling and bystanders trying to catch her before the paramedics. One lifeguard even tried to save her life.
People pay tribute by leaving dozens of bouquets and teddy bears at the exact spot where she fell.
Curt Johnson, the owner of the inflatable play equipment in Gorleston, Norfolk, told the BBC: "We are in complete shock and send our deepest condolences to the family. We are in bits and totally devastated, we can't sleep, can't eat, feel sick to the core."
Our deepest sympathy goes to the Littleboy Family.
Based On Materials From Meaww