Fun day to remember tragic Lily and help charities

Fun day to remember tragic Lily and help charities

Floral tributes on Beacon Road to six year-old Lilly Davies

Lily Brooke Davis

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

THE death of six-year-old Lily Brooke Davis in a road collision left a Bradford community reeling but the same people are now working to ensure that her legacy lives on.

Relatives, neighbours, friends and school mates have already raised money to help Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Leeds General Infirmary which were both involved in efforts to save Lily's life after the collision in Beacon Road, Wibsey, in June.

Now they are planning a huge family fun day on a play field at Brafferton Arbor, where Lily enjoyed playing on trips to her nan Jackie Davis' home.

Neighbour Sharon Bailey has been heavily involved in planning the day, which will run from 11 am until 4 pm on Saturday, August 30, with a brief pause before friends gather again on the field to release balloons in Lily's trademark pink.

It is hoped the event will become the first in a series, however, and while the first will raise money to help with medical facilities, it is hoped future events will raise money to help provide for children in the area.

"Lily was never off the field when she was visiting here and she was very well known," said Jackie, " so it seemed a fitting place to hold an event in her memory.

"We hope that some good can come of it and we would like to do more in the future. It would be good if we could get a park or something.

"This is a close community, so everyone will always pull together," she said.

Everything contributed so far towards the event has been given for free, with several surprise guests expected to turn up to help entertain youngsters.

Organisers are also hoping the air ambulance may be able to pay a visit and other attractions will including an organised series of sporting events, including five a side soccer.

A DJ will be providing music throughout the day and there will be several bouncy castles, face painters and other children's attractions.

A barbecue will be offering hot food, alongside a cafe and there will be three tombola stalls, a raffle, bric a brac and more to keep adults entertained.

"After the fun day we will be handing out pink balloons to everyone, so the can write a message for Lily if the want before we let them off on the field," said Jackie.

The family were still waiting to learn of the outcome of a police investigation into the circumstances surrounding Lily's death.

She died of injuries sustained after a collision with a 4x4 vehicle in Beacon Road, a short distance from her home.

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