Eaton Socon Pre School’s train tribute to brave Georgie

FRIENDS and family of a three-year-old girl who suffered her whole life from a rare genetic condition have unveiled a toy train in her honour.

Parents Madeline and Ian Wyse were at Eaton Socon Pre School on Friday (June 24) to unveil the �1600 wooden train in memory of their daughter Georgina.

Georgina, known to family and friends as Georgie, passed away on March 27. The toddler who lived in Little Paxton with parents Madeline and Ian, had developed fluid on the brain in the last few weeks of her life.

Georgie was just one of 500 people in the world to suffer from a neurological condition which causes excessive vomiting, difficulty swallowing and poor co-ordination in sufferers.

Georgie had attended the pre-school for four months and was even there the day before her death.

As well as the wooden train, 350 pink and yellow balloons were released by Mr and Mrs Wyse. The balloons each carry a note explaining they are in memory of Georgie.

Mrs Wyse, 30, a teacher in Stevenage, said: “It was a lovely day. It was good to see so many people there supporting the pre-school. The school hold their teddy bear’s picnic every year and this year they wanted to unveil the train that they were putting in in memory of Georgie.

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“It was a very emotional day, but it has been three months since Georgie passed away and while it is still incredibly difficult, it is getting to that stage where we can smile about her a bit more. It was a very enjoyable day, though there were a few tears shed.”

Pre-school manager Caroline Allanson said: “It was our intention that we had something as a permanent reminder of Georgie and one that all the children can access, as well as children with identified needs such as Georgie.

“We have an annual teddy bears picnic and we thought we would make that the special day dedicated to Georgie.”

The train was purchased with donations given at Georgie’s funeral and pre-school funds.

Party supplies store Party Jacks in St Neots provided helium for the pink and yellow balloons, one of which has already been found as far as Manningtree in Essex.

The day raised �1,000 which will be going into pre-school funds. Staff from Thomas Alleyne School, where Mrs Wyse works, also joined guests on the day.

Mrs Allanson said: “It was quite a visual moving moment when Maddy and Ian released the balloons. It was quite a touching day for the parents and grandparents and for our pre-school children.

“It was a final way of marking Georgie’s time here. It was quite a difficult thing for a three-year-old, but it was about remembering the person.

“We have had lot of people saying how well we did to keep Georgie here up to the end. For us it is all about inclusion. Georgie was getting something out of pre-school and it was our job to ensure she attends pre-school.”