Parents Pay Tribute to Whiston Girl Megan

By on Wednesday, September 11, 2013

megan_hopwood_whistonThe parents of Megan Hopwood, the Whiston teenager who died last weekend, have spoken about their “devoted, caring and loving daughter.”

Megan, 13, was found unconscious near her home on Eglington Avenue shortly after 9pm on Saturday 7 September. Bystanders flagged down a passing police patrol car immediately, but she died by the time she arrived at Whiston Hospital.

In a statement issued to the media today, parents Paul and Nicola Hopwood said: “Megan had an outgoing and bubbly character, with a kind and caring nature.

“She was a true friend to everyone and had an infectious smiling laugh, which captured the hearts of everyone she met.”

A former pupil of Halsnead Community Primary School, Whiston, Megan had just returned to Huyton Arts and Sports Centre for Learning, where she was in Year 9.

She was in the school’s netball team, and had been chosen to represent them on a forthcoming trip to Holland.

She loved performing, and often entertained family and neighbours with her singing and dancing.

As well as the outdoors, quad biking and fishing trips with her dad, Megan “especially¬†loved the beach and playing practical jokes,” Paul and Nicola said. “She would always dig a hole in the sand and cover it with a towel then try and convince her dad to lie on it. She had a great sense of humour.”

megan_hopwood_mumThey told of Megan’s devotion to her grandparents, with whom she stayed each weekend. “She loved helping them out – especially when they both fell ill,” they said.

“She was like a little mother hen with her brother, Josh, and sisters Alicia, Amelia and Paige. She would keep them in check more than us. She liked nothing more than teaching her sisters dances and looking after them.

“We would like to thank the community for their support but would ask that we are now allowed some space and time to try and come to terms with the tragic loss of our much loved Megan.

“She will be sadly missed but never forgotten.”

The community will be gathering for a vigil at Tesco Express in Whiston Village on Friday 13 September at 6pm.

Photos: Megan (top), Megan and mum Nicola (bottom)

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