Suffolk

Trampoline death girl Lily Webster: Family pays tribute

Lily Webster
Image caption Lily Webster began to feel unwell during a trampoline lesson

The family of a 15-year-old girl who died during a school trampoline lesson in Suffolk has paid tribute to a "wonderful daughter".

Lily Webster, a Year 11 pupil at Stowmarket High School, was taking part in the PE lesson at Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre on Monday when she collapsed.

She was confirmed dead at the scene by paramedics.

Lily's family said in a statement: "Her sudden loss is a terrible pain for us all to bear."

The family added: "Lily was a wonderful daughter and much-loved sister, niece, granddaughter, and friend to many.

"We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and the response of our local community."

Head teacher Keith Penn said Lily had finished a trampoline routine and got down but then started feeling unwell and "deteriorated very rapidly".

He said the whole community was "shocked and deeply saddened" by the schoolgirl's sudden death.

"Popular, active, bright and with a very wide circle of friends, Lily will be desperately missed by students and staff and all those who knew her," he added.

The leisure centre is operated by the SLM Community Leisure Charitable Trust on behalf of the owner, Mid Suffolk District Council.

A council spokeswoman said the Health and Safety Executive had been informed and the authority was awaiting a decision on any investigation.

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