Balloon release held for ‘sparky’ Jessica Collins in Gorleston

Balloon release held in memory of Jessica Collins on Gorleston beach

Balloon release held in memory of Jessica Collins on Gorleston beach - Credit: Supplied

A touching balloon release was in memory of 14-year-old Jessica Collins, who died last week.

Balloon release held on Gorleston beach for Jessica Collins

Balloon release held on Gorleston beach for Jessica Collins - Credit: Hopton on Sea News

Jessica, of Hopton died last Wednesday and a number of events have been organised to celebrate her life and raise money.

Last Saturday a crowd gathered near the Pier Hotel to release pink and red balloons with loving messages attached.

Then, in the evening, students at Jessica's school - Cliff Park Ormiston Academy - wore pink roses or ribbons in her honour at their sports dinner last week.

In the village, a pool tournament will be held at the Turnstone pub on July 17, to raise money.

Balloon release held on Gorleston beach for Jessica Collins

Balloon release held on Gorleston beach for Jessica Collins - Credit: Hopton on Sea News


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On Facebook, people have been changing their profile photos to pink roses to remember Jessica.

And an online fundraising page has been set up to support the family, with donations also being collected at Hopton's Co-op petrol station and Hair and Beauty by Gemma in Warren Road.

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Meanwhile, tributes have come in from across the country for the popular teenager.

Hadley Stirrup taught Jessica at Bonner Primary School, London.

He said: 'I feel devastated by this tragedy, as do so many who knew her there. She was an immensely charming, adorable, unforgettable kid, with an absolutely winning personality; a smart, sassy, sparky, kind, talented, cheery, cheeky, funny, bubbly girl.

'School staff are not supposed to have favourites, yet Jessica was so charming and fun, it was impossible not to adore her. So many staff I have spoken to this week, teachers and teaching assistants, some no longer at the school, felt the same way about her - everyone has a story illustrating how adorable and lovely she was.

'Three of her old classmates came in on Friday to share their feelings of shock and loss, too.

'My thoughts are with her whole family at this time and especially with her lovely brother, Adam. RIP, sweet Jessica, from all at Bonner. You were amazing, we adored you, and we will never forget you.'

Police say there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding Jessica's death and no official cause of death has yet been given.

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