Campaign to give tragic South Yorkshire schoolgirl the funeral ‘she deserves’

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The friends and family of a South Yorkshire schoolgirl tragically killed in a car accident are trying to raise thousands in a bid to give her the funeral ‘she deserves’.

Ella Smith was making the 30-yard journey from a corner shop to her grandma’s house when she was involved in a collision with a car on Watch House Lane, Bentley.

The 11-year-old, of Wellington Grove, Bentley, was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary but died later that night from head injuries.

Now family friend Simon Austerfield is hoping to raise £10,000 through a fundraising page to help Ella’s parents Vicky and Dave Smith pay for a funeral and ‘lasting memorial’ to the Bentley Kirkby Avenue primary school pupil.

HGV driver Simon, who works with Dave at the Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation, said: “What’s happened to Ella is their worst nightmare.

“Dave said he won’t be able to walk her down the aisle or watch her go to prom, so he wants to make sure he can go all out for her funeral and give her the kind of send off she would want.

“The family were having a difficult year before this even happened, Dave had been very ill and was off work for months and had only been back at work for two weeks when this happened.

“I wanted to do something to make what they’re going through a little bit easier at this difficult time so I thought I would set up the Just Giving page.”

A total of £1,661 has been raised so far.

Ella’s mum Vicky said on a Facebook memorial group set up in memory of Ella: “Se can’t believe all the love and support you have shown our beautiful baby girl.

n Visit https://www.justgiving.com/yimby/EllaBellaSmith

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