Members of Katie Rough’s family have thanked the organisers of an online donation site that has raised more than £1,000 since the seven-year-old was found dead.
One member of her family posted a message on the site which said: “Just wanted to once again say thanku to every1 who has donated the generosity of strangers is over whelming on behalf of my sister and the rest of the family thanku x.”
Another said: “Just want to say on behalf of me and my family it hugely appreciated and we can not thank all enough for being so kind and supporting towards up! And a huge thank you to maggie jackson for starting this amazing idea.”
The person who set up the page on the gofundme site, Maggie Jackson, said: “The awful death of Katie the little 7 year old girl in york has really saddened me, I can’t stop thinking about what her mum and family will be going through.
“It has shocked the whole of york. I don’t know if it’s too early to say this but I’d like to raise money to give to her family to help them through this terrible time without any other worries.”
Ms Jackson said: “No mother should be going through what Katies mum is having to deal with ... breaks my heart.”
She added: “I’ve just put a bench mark amount I don’t care how little I manage to raise as long as I raise something for her family.
“I don’t know the family personally I don’t want to be insensitive or upset anyone, I only have this family in my mind and to be able to help the only way I can.”
By lunchtime on Wednesday, 90 people had donated to the site.