Mourners pay tributes to meningitis death girl

TRIBUTES have been paid this week to a 16-year-old Harrogate student who died from meningitis.

Lindsay Whitehead died on January 2, while being rushed to Leeds General Infirmary.

She lived with her parents Tony and Sheila at Brearton.

The sudden death of the beauty therapy student has devastated her family and friends, who described her as popular and friendly.

The chapel at Stonefall Crematorium was packed with mourners during her funeral last Friday, as a huge number of people turned out to pay their last respects.

Lindsay's older sister, Amy, read a touching tribute that she had written for the service, which was conducted by Rev David Ford.

A collection afterwards raised more than 800 for the Meningitis Research Foundation.

Lindsay's father is a teacher at Granby High School and the headteacher, Jonathan Edwards, said they were trying to support the family as much as they could within the school community.

Lindsay had been training to be a beauty therapist in Harrogate since July last year and she also spent four days a week working at the Jennifer Parker Salon on Cheltenham Crescent.

Fellow pupils at the Intuitions Beauty college on Tower Street have organised a fundraising event in Lindsay's memory on Sunday, March 8, at the college and head beauty tutor, Elaine Skinner, said everyone had been touched by her death.

"Lindsay was part of a small team here and she had become good friends with her fellow students," she said. "We were very pleased with her progress and she was motivated, enthusiastic, well liked and will be missed by all."

Pupils at King James's School, Knaresborough, where Lindsay was a pupil until last summer, were told of her death when they returned to school last week and offered bereavement counselling.

Lessons for pupils in Year 12, who are all the same age as Lindsay, were cancelled on Friday, and the headteacher and chairman of governors have written a letter of sympathy to Lindsay's family.