In memory of our loving Emica

Torbay Weekly

The family of a young girl who died tragically just before Christmas have launched a fund-raising appeal for the hospital who cared for her.

A funeral was held before the New Year for Emica Loralie Jackson-Miller who was injured in a road accident in Queensway on her way home from Torquay Academy where she was a Year Seven pupil.

Her family are now raising money for the Bristol Children’s Hospital's charity, the Wallace and Gromit Grand Appeal..

Launching the appeal,  her mum said:  "Grand appeal gave me a room for two weeks so I could stay with Emica. Just across the road so I was a stone’s throw away.

"They were absolutely fabulous. The whole team at Bristol hospital were incredible. The Play team there helped us do moulds of Emica’s hands, handprints and fingerprints. They made every second we had with her special.

"Although Emica was in a coma it did not stop all the teams speaking to her directly, chatting away to her, providing books so I could read to her, music devices to play any music she would like, fibre optic lights and aromatherapy diffusers which made the room smell incredible. The team care deeply about every single patient there, and there was not a dry eye on the PICU ward when Emica passed away.”

Academy head Steve Margetts wrote on his principal's on the school's website: "The medical team worked tirelessly to care for Emica as well as supporting her family.  Since Emica passed away, her family has made an incredible effort to fundraise for the official charity of the Bristol Children’s Hospital, the Wallace and Gromit Grand Appeal."
To support the family’s fundraising efforts, the school is holding a mufti day today (Thursday January 13) with donations going to the Wallace and Gromit Grand Appeal on behalf of the family.

Mr Margetts paid tribute to Emica, saying: "As a Year 7, Emica had made such a positive impression with our staff and her fellow students.  Emica made friends quickly and easily due to her infectious personality; she had made many new friends since joining Torquay Academy.  Her friends talk about her as kind, loving and caring.  Emica made her friends laugh easily and often."

Emica’s Mum wrote a poignant message sharing the most tragic news: “Our beautiful girl Emica went to sleep at the side of the road on November 25, and never woke. She passed away peacefully on December 11th surrounded by her parents, and the wonderful team at Bristol Children’s Hospital.”

Donations to the family’s fundraising efforts, can be made via

The Emica Loralie Jackson-Miller Star Tribute Fund already stands at over £1,000 with another £4,500 raised through Facebook.