Tragic loss so hard to bear

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THE heartbreaking story of Gabrielle Smith cannot fail to move even the hardest heart.

The 12-vear-old died in a tragic drowning accident at her Sheffield home.

She is thought to have had a seizure while taking a morning bath, fallen unconscious and slipped below the water’s surface.

We cannot imagine the despair felt by her mother Faye Smith who described Gabi as the light of her life, beautiful inside and out.

This bright, cheerful, vivacious, fun-loving girl was clearly loved by friends and family.

But her family have found solace in their Christian faith.

It is at times like this that such faith gives people incredible strength.

We hope they can remain strong and take comfort from the sincere expressions of affection for their much-loved daughter.

Another success made in Sheffield

SHE’S dedicated, determined and a dream of a fundraiser.

So it’s no wonder Sandra Howard, the founder of Sheffield-based national charity Fable, has been crowned Charity Fundraiser of the Year.

She was given the honour by business website Network She after raising almost £3 million for the charity, which helps improve the lives of people with epilepsy.

Sandra has enjoyed terrific success, but has not lost sight of her Sheffield roots.

So when it came to moving office, the charity was never going to leave this city.

That’s because Fable has had great support from the people of Sheffield who have helped Sandra make the charity the success story it is.

Talk to avoid strike

THE prospect of ambulance service staff going on strike is not one we welcome.

They will walk out over plans to introduce emergency care assistants to work alongside more highly-trained paramedics.

The union wants constructive negotiations to avert the strike. The management says plans will be put in place to ‘avoid any disruption to patient care’.

What we want is a resolution to the matter because a strike should be a last resort.

We would call on both parties to hold further talks, be prepared to compromise and find a solution which gives patients the peace of mind they deserve.