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Nottingham family fundraise for funeral after girl dies

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image captionAmelia Richardson had a condition called hydrocephalus since birth

The family of a 10-year-old girl who was found unresponsive in bed is fundraising for her funeral to give her the "send off she deserves".

Amelia Richardson, from Arnold, Nottingham, had been "poorly" with an ear infection and died on 16 September.

She was born with hydrocephalus, a condition that causes a build-up of fluid in the brain, which meant she was unable to walk and used a wheelchair.

So far more than £3,000 has been raised for Amelia's funeral.

The cause of her death is being investigated.

Her aunt, Samantha Richardson, said: "It must have been heartbreaking for my sister Zoe to have found her daughter like that.

'Touched people's hearts'

"Amelia was an amazing little girl and made us laugh with her songs. She was a little character.

"All the community know who Amelia is and know how loved she was.

"She just talked to everyone and touched a lot of people's hearts."

Amelia was also blind and had autism.

image copyrightNick Richardson
image captionAmelia was described as an "amazing girl" by her aunt

The family hope to have a blue horse-drawn carriage at the funeral and will ask everyone to wear blue, which was Amelia's favourite colour.

"We just want to give her the send off she deserves," added Ms Richardson.

"The whole community has pulled together for her and I'm absolutely amazed with them all.

"We're so grateful and can't thank them enough for the help and support they have given."

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