Headstone appeal for tragic Spalding baby rises to £1,640

One of the last pictures taken of Ellie-May the day before she died.
One of the last pictures taken of Ellie-May the day before she died.
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The heartbroken teenage parents of a baby girl who died on July 30 will hold a private, family funeral service for her next week.

Ryan Payne (19) and Emily Park (17) had their little girl, Ellie-May Grace Payne, for only eight months and one week when she was found lifeless in her cot at 1.30am.

Efforts by Ellie-May’s family and ambulance paramedics called to their Spalding home failed to revive the tot.

Now a post mortem examination has revealed Ellie-May died from cot death – also known as sudden infant death syndrome – which claims the lives of around 270 babies each year in the UK.

Following the family tragedy, Ryan and Emily launched a £2,500 appeal to buy a Me to You Bears headstone for Ellie-May’s grave, which will be in Spalding Cemetery.

So far 104 people have raised £1,640 in the 16 days since the appeal was launched.

The young parents have been taking one day at a time since Ellie-May died but they have been given great support by family and friends.

Seeing the donations total climb on their gofundmepage for the special headstone has also been a comfort.

Ryan said: “It’s amazing, really.

“It’s a real, real big help.”

Although tiny, Ellie-May was developing into a big character.

Writing on her Facebook page, Emily said Ellie-May was always a happy girl unless she couldn’t get her own way.

Emily continued: “No matter what, we will always love you and be proud of how much a cheeky girl you turned out to be.”

• To help Ryan and Emily achieve their target please visit www.gofundme.com/2ha2a3pm

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Headstone pleas for tragic Spalding tot

Headstone appeal total doubles for tragic Spalding baby Ellie-May Payne