The devastated parents of 13-year-old Megan Hopwood - who died after apparently falling from a child’s scooter - have paid an emotional tribute to their “devoted, loving and caring” daughter.
Paul and Nicola Hopwood described their daughter as a “popular girl” and “someone you could always count on”.
In a statement, they said: “Megan had an outgoing and bubbly character, with a kind and caring nature. She was a true friend to everyone and had an infectious smiling laugh, which captured the hearts of everyone she met.
“Megan enjoyed life to the full - she loved performing arts and was a talented singer. She was always singing and dancing around the house and garden keeping the family and neighbours entertained.
“She also enjoyed the outdoor life, socialising with her friends. She loved spending time with her dad and they shared many a fishing trip together.
“Megan enjoyed holidaying with her family both abroad and in our touring caravan. Megan especially loved the beach and playing practical jokes. She would always dig a hole in the sand and cover it with a towel then try and convince her dad to lie on it. She had a great sense of humour.”
As well as paying tribute to the support they have received from the Whiston community since the tragedy, they added: “Megan was devoted to her family, especially her nan and granddad with whom she stayed each weekend. She loved helping them out - especially when they both fell ill.
“She was like a little mother hen with her brother, Josh and sisters Alicia, Amelia and Paige. She would keep them in check more than us. She liked nothing more than teaching her sisters dances and looking after them.
“We would like to thank the community for their support but would ask that we are now allowed some space and time to try and come to terms with the tragic loss of our much loved Megan.
“She will be sadly missed but never forgotten.”