Death of youngster leaves ‘huge hole’ in hearts of her family

Clover Nolan
Clover Nolan
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Described as the backbone of the family, the life and soul of the party and a cheeky character who was full of life – the death of Clover Marie Nolan has rocked the community.

The bubbly six-year-old from Alnwick was a credit to her family and friends with her death leaving them devastated.

Clover with her brothers, sisters, cousins and auntie.

Clover with her brothers, sisters, cousins and auntie.

Clover, of Ravensmede, died in the early hours of Monday after an infection lead to sepsis and her body shutting down.

Daughter to Lisa Marie Mole and Shaun Nolan, Clover, a pupil at St Paul’s RC First School in Alnwick, was also sister to Star, 13, Phoenix, nine, Dainton, five, Asha two-and-a-half, and Kella, 10 weeks, and granddaughter to Sonia and Shaun Nolan, Alan and Sarah Mole and Alison Dundas.

Lisa, 32, said: “She might have only been six, but she was the backbone of this family.

“Even though there are still five other children here, the house feels empty, it feels so quiet without her.

Clover with brothers Dainton and Phoenix when they started St Paul's RC First School.

Clover with brothers Dainton and Phoenix when they started St Paul's RC First School.

“Her brothers and sisters are lost without her. She would always stand up for them, even though she was younger than some of them.

“She was six going on 16 and loved her make-up and earrings and was obsessed with shoes.

“Clover was so warm-hearted and loving. Even in the ambulance she was more bothered about me than herself. Our hearts are in pieces.”

Shaun, 26, added: “She was my first born. I am never going to get to walk her down the aisle, see her grandchildren or anything. She was everything.

“She was highly intelligent, loved school and had lots of friends.

“The whole community has been shocked by what happened and we want to say thank-you to everyone who has supported us. It really helps.”

Lisa had already bought Clover’s Christmas presents and is planning to give them out to her friends and cousins.

“It means they will each have a piece of Clover to keep,” she added.

Maria Wilson, headteacher at St Paul’s RC First School, said: “We are shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Clover and we cannot imagine how the family must be feeling at this time.

“We have been blessed to have had Clover touch the lives of our children and the adults who cared for her in school. She was a credit to her family and school community and was a happy, caring and thoughtful little girl.

“When the time is right, we will be coming together to celebrate her life in a memorial service. Clover will be deeply missed by all and we are offering support to pupils, parents and staff and have trained professionals in school to assist us. .

“Our deepest sympathy goes out to her family, from everyone who is part of our school community.”

No plans have yet been made for Clover’s funeral, but the family has said everyone who knew her is welcome.