Tributes pour in for Violet-Grace

Violet-Grace Youens
Violet-Grace Youens

The St Helens community has united to pay heartfelt tributes to Violet-Grace Youens.

The four-year-old died in her mother's arms on Saturday night having suffered fatal injuries in a hit and run incident on Friday (March 24)

Her Nannie, Angela French, 55, remains in a serious but stable condition, police have said.

Thousands have taken to social media to leave tributes.

Mary Dale said:"It's so heartbreaking, sending our thoughts and prayers to the family."

Sharon Parr said: "Heartbreaking. RIP Violet fly high angel...condolences to your family."

Ann Saunders said: "Prayed and prayed she'd make it can't put into words what I feel for you. A beautiful little girl with a beautiful name RIP."

Two memorial funds set up in the youngster's name to help her grieving family had raised almost £3,000 by Sunday evening.

One of the pages reads: "We are trying to raise as much as we can to help support Bec, Glenn and all of the family at this truly traumatic time.

"Money won't bring this beautiful girl back but it will certainly take one worry away from her grieving parents. Please give what you can."

In a police statement issued on Sunday, Violet-Grace's family said her pancreas and both kidneys were donated to help other children "to give them a chance to lead long and happy lives".

In reaction to this Carol Gibson posted: "So proud of you what a sad time stay strong. Your kindness will be appreciated.thoughts are with you."

Linda Morris said: "Such a lovely but hard thing to do at such a sad sad time. Sleep tight little angel."

Leanne Keech said: "Truly gut-wrenching. Thoughts and prayers to Violet's family. Through such trying times you selflessly gave life to others. Rest in peace princess."

An investigation into the incident on Prescot Road on Friday afternoon continues with detectives stating they are probing a number of lines of enquiry.

Two men were captured on CCTV fleeing the scene in the aftermath of the collision.

Officers are appealing for anyone with information that could assist with the investigation to contact Merseyside Police on 0151 777 6041 or the Crimestoppers line anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The fund pages can be viewed at https://www.gofundme.com/violet-grace and https://www.gofundme.com/violetgrace

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