Emotional tribute paid to three-year-old

Chanel Garner.
Chanel Garner.

The parents of three-year-old Chanel Garner, who died after a stone fire surround fell on her, today issued an emotional statement paying tribute to their daughter.

Police and paramedics were called to Euston Grove. Morecambe, on Friday.

Chanel was initially taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary before being transferred to Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool where she died.

Her parents Dezarelle Kellett and Arron Garner said today: “Firstly we would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone for your kind messages we have received since the tragic accident on Friday the 14th August which sadly claimed the life of our beautiful Chanel.

“She was taken away from us at just 3 years old suddenly, and words cannot express how we are feeling at this time. Chanel was such a happy little girl who loved nothing more than to dance, sing and dress up specially as a princess, which is what she always will be.

“She touched the hearts of so many people with her cheeky smile, big blue eyes and wicked personality. She could be a mischievous little madam but she made everyone laugh with her antics especially us. Her love for Disneys Frozen was immense and nearly everything she did revolved round Elsa, Anna and Olaf.

“We would like to thank Andy (you know who you are) for all his help. He came into our house as a total stranger, took control and sat with Chanel talking to her until help arrived. We would also like to thank the paramedics, the Air Ambulance crew, staff at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and Alder Hey Hospital, the police and also a huge thank you to Frank at the bereavement suite at Alder Hey who is an amazing gentleman who helped us so much through this and has looked after Chanel while she has been there with him.

“We are aware that there have been lots of donations and sites set up on Facebook etc, we would just like to say that we do appreciate genuine donations and the money raised will be donated by us to the people that need it the most and do the most amazing work, so it will be equally shared between the Air Ambulance Service and Alder Hey Childrens Hospital Bereavement Suite Liverpool. We will reserve a small amount for a small plaque which will hopefully be placed in Regent Park at Morecambe where Chanel loved to play and spent many happy hours there with her sisters.

“To all who have donated, thank you so much.

Although we really do appreciate all the kind words and messages, we have so much to think about and so much to do and really need some time to grieve for our lovely daughter so would just like a little privacy to do just that. There are certain people we would like to thank personally, and we will do that at a later date when we feel up to it.”