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Wednesday 23 January 2019

'With this heartbreaking loss comes financial burdens' - fundraiser to help parents of girl who died in pool tragedy

Georgia Anne Callan drowned while on a family holiday in Marbella last month
Georgia Anne Callan drowned while on a family holiday in Marbella last month
Kathy Armstrong

Kathy Armstrong

Friends and family of a devastated couple whose young daughter tragically drowned last month have vowed to help relieve their financial stresses as they come to terms with their loss.

Emeline Callan and Jacqueline Russell's daughter Georgia (4) died while on holiday in Marbella, Spain on July 28.

It is understood she drowned in a pool in a private villa being used by her family.

Friends of the couple, who live in Ardclough, Co Kildare, have set up an online fundraiser to help support them and it has raised more than €13,000 in just two days.

The team behind the initiative explained: "Friends and family of Georgia's parents Emeline and Jacqui are asking for help from our community in raising some economic support for the family. 

"Along with this heartbreaking loss comes financial burdens. We'd like to gather some support for the family so that they can have some time to heal.  

Georgia Anne Callan's 'sparkling personality lives on'
Georgia Anne Callan's 'sparkling personality lives on' Photo:

"All donations will be transferred directly to Jacqui and Emeline.

"We are looking to raise funds to allow them to take time off work, for counselling services, for funeral costs and to relieve this family of financial stresses at this most difficult time.

"Having money to access the resources and small comforts they need over the next while will be helpful to them, and allow them to focus on the enormity of the loss without adding financial worries."

They added that many people are at a loss of how they can help Georgia's parents at this devastating time.

"Many people are asking "what can we do?"  and right now a small show of financial support is something that people can do to show their love and support to the family," they said.

Georgia's funeral is due to take place this afternoon at Newlands Cross Crematorium in Co Kildare and earlier this week her mothers requested that mourners wear sparkles and colour to pay tribute to her.

They said in an emotional statement: “Georgia was our own tiny Wonder Woman. A happy, playful, brave, gentle and funny girl, she loved nothing more than making new friends and wearing princess dresses everywhere. Georgia loved everyone, and her pets were amongst her dearest friends.

“She sought beauty, goodness and fun wherever she was. She brought immense joy to our lives and to the lives of everyone who knew her. We love her deeply. We will miss her more than we can say.

“We are devastated by her loss."

  • For more information or to donate, please visit here
  • Donations if desired can also be given to Jacqui and Emeline's chosen charities: As I Am, an autistic-founded autism charity and the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust

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