TWO schools in County Durham have paid tribute to a former pupil who died suddenly at the age of 12.

Children and staff at Greenland Community Primary School and North Durham Academy, in Stanley, say Leah Robshaw will always be remembered for her bright, infectious smile and her kindness.

Leah, from South Moor, near Stanley, passed away at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle on Sunday.

Mam Claire Robshaw said Leah became poorly shortly before Christmas and was treated for an ear and throat infection before being rushed to the University Hospital of North Durham on January 12.

Scans revealed she had an abscess on the brain and she had three operations before she passed away at the RVI on January 16.

Her death has left her family, including Miss Robshaw, her seven siblings and grandmother Janet Middleton, heartbroken.

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Both her former schools have paid tribute to the 12-year-old.

A spokesperson for Greenland Community Primary School said: “Leah was a Greenie through and through. Her infectious smile and gentle, warm personality were simply wonderful.

“We’re absolutely heartbroken by this news and unsurprisingly, Leah will be missed by all of the staff at school who were privileged enough to teach her.

“Naturally we have spoken to Leah’s family and as always, will do what we can to support them through the unimaginable pain they are going through.”

The devastated community of South Moor and Stanley is fundraising to help the family make her funeral a day fit for a princess.

Sharing details of the GoFundMe page – Funeral expenses for Leah set up by Dionne Railton - on social media, the primary school added: “The community spirit of the Greenland family is something we are extremely proud of and wanted to share the Go Fund Me page with you.

“All donations will support Leah’s family with funeral costs but more importantly, they will enable them to plan something special that truly celebrates their wonderful little girl, their sister, their cousin, and our friend.”

Lyndsey Liddle, year eight manager at North Durham Academy, said: “Leah was a well-loved member not only of year 8 but throughout North Durham Academy.

“She always had the brightest smile to offer. She was one of the most kindest students and her passing has come as a shock to staff and students alike.

“Leah will be greatly missed by all her friends and she will always have a place in all our hearts. Our thoughts go out to Leah’s family and friends.”

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