Heartfelt tribute to brave Jessica

A GRIEVING Forest Town mum has paid a heartfelt tribute to her brave five-year-old daughter who has died after a long battle against illness.

Courageous Jessica Charlie Braithwaite, right, was born with cerebral palsy and epilepsy, and died at Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre on 24th October after suffering an epileptic fit earlier in the month.

This week, her mum Amanda talked to Chad from her Coronation Drive home about how proud she is of her daughter, who she described as a happy child despite her debilitating illnesses.

"She was a larger than life character," said Amanda. "She was admitted to the Robin Hood Ward at King's Mill Hospital at first and then transferred to intensive care at Queen's Medical Centre, where she passed away. In the end they just could not stop the epilepsy."

The devastated mum says Jessica enjoyed attending Yeoman Park Special Needs Nursery in Mansfield Woodhouse and loved swimming, music and bouncing on her trampoline.

"She had a lot of friends at school and she learned lots of life skills there, like baking –– although there was always an argument about who would have to eat what she made," said Amanda, who also has a six-month-old son called Mitchell.

"But she also had a lot of out-of-school friends and on Hallowe'en, all those that could not come to the funeral came around to the house and lit candles in pumpkins for her. It was really sweet."

Jessica's funeral took place at St Mary's Church in Blidworth on 1st November with more than 70 mourners –– including Robin Hood Wood staff –– flocking to the church to say a final goodbye.