TRAGEDY: Jade May has been remembered as an exceptional person who was heavily involved in community activities.
TRAGEDY: Jade May has been remembered as an exceptional person who was heavily involved in community activities. Contributed

'Loving and happy girl taken too soon'

A SOUTH Burnett family is in mourning following the tragic, accidental death of 13-year-old Jade May.

Jade died following a farm accident on December 23, two days before Christmas.

Her aunt, Erica Stallwood, speaking on behalf of the family, paid tribute to her young niece.

"Jade was a loving and happy girl who always helped others," Mrs Stallwood said.

"She was a kind, cheerful, caring, thoughtful, generous, enthusiastic young lady, always ready to lend a hand, ever ready with a smile and a hug, and loved to share a joke and a giggle.

"Jade was a Girl Guide, a dancer, a singer, a friend and a student, but most of all she was a loving and devoted sister, cousin, niece, daughter and granddaughter."

Mrs Stallwood said Jade was also involved in programs such as the Duke of Edinburgh, the Country Women's Association and raising funds to attend Jamboree in Cairns.

"She was amazing, raising money for flights so her parents wouldn't have to pay much," she said.

"She had a short life but it was packed... our beautiful girl Jade was taken from us too soon."

"(Her parents and siblings) are trying to come to terms with a future without her. They need time to be together, to grieve and to heal."

Mrs Stallwood said Jade's family wanted to thanked the emergency service workers who attended the accident.

"We can't thank the police, ambulance and the people who stopped to help us enough," she said.

"Things like this remind you of how special our community is. They didn't know us and they stopped to help.

"There's no explaining it, no one to blame, nothing to blame, it's just one of these really senseless accidents."

Mrs Stallwood set up a GoFundMe campaign on Thursday to raise money to help Jade's parents, Amanda and Peter, spend more time in the coming weeks and months with their other three children, without having to worry about the financial burden of taking time off work.

Within three hours of it being launched, the GoFundMe page had already raised $2000. In 24 hours it had reached $6000.

"We are asking for donations so that Amanda and Peter can spend some much-needed time with Ronnie, Zach and Sean," she said.

"The money is for the kids, to get them whatever they need.

"Any donation, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated. Although broken, we thank you with all of our hearts."

To donate to the Jade May Memorial Fund, visit http://bit.ly/2BLZfT5.

A Queensland police spokesman said a report was being prepared for the coroner.

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