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People have paid touching tributes to a 'happy and vibrant' schoolgirl who tragically died suddenly after falling unwell while at school.
Julia Blackham was a Year 7 pupil at the Marriotts School in Stevenage but tragically died suddenly on Thursday, April 29.
Police and ambulance services attended the school in Brittain Way at around 1.45pm on Thursday (April 29) following the 'medical episode' and Julia was taken to hospital but sadly passed away a short time later.
Floral tributes, messages, personal gifts and mementos have now been laid at the entrance to the school, HertsLive reports.
In a touching tribute, a spokesperson from the school said: "This tragic loss has left our whole school community devastated and in shock, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Julia’s family and friends at this very difficult time.
"The school was closed on Friday (April 30) and staff have worked tirelessly across the weekend to ensure that appropriate support is in place to help both students and staff come to terms with their terrible loss.
"Julia was a happy and vibrant member of our school community and her family said that she loved coming to school and being part of the Marriotts family. School was her 'happy place'.
"Julia loved her family, friends, rainbows, unicorns, cats and the colour pink. Rainbows are a symbol of hope and solidarity, and as a school we are trying to reflect this."
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The school added: "Julia’s family visited the school on Friday to thank the school for everything staff had done to help Julia.
"Her family are united and dignified in their grief and are taking great comfort from looking at the many tributes and reading the lovely messages that have been left."
The school has confirmed that a condolence room has now been set up where students and staff can go for quiet remembrance and reflection.
A large, laminated rainbow has been placed on the wall for students to attach their own personal messages to Julia.
Bethany Honnor, headteacher at the school, said: "Just as at the end of the rainbow, there will be brighter days ahead, and until then we will continue to support each other and help Julia’s family through this very difficult time."
A GoFundMe page has been set-up by a relative to help Julia's family with the funeral costs.
The page has already gathered over £22,500 in donations, and can be found here.
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