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Herne Bay: Tributes paid to schoolgirl Rosie Umney

By Jodie Nesling

A schoolgirl who died suddenly after falling ill at home has been described as "kind, caring and beautiful" by her heartbroken family.

Herne Bay High pupil Rosie Umney, 16, was rushed to hospital in the early hours of last Tuesday morning, but died despite the best efforts of medics to save her.

Just days before she had enjoyed a normal weekend with her friends, and went to the cinema to watch Ocean's 8 with her devastated mum, Georgina.

Rosie's sudden death shocked friends and family
Rosie's sudden death shocked friends and family

The teenager, who lived in South Road, Herne Bay, had just completed her GCSEs and was looking forward to going to the school prom with best friends Georgia and Bonnie.

"They were thick as thieves," said Georgina, who is also mum to Lillie, 12, and Michael, 11. "They were going to have their own prom party and she was looking at dresses."

Georgina, 38, says Rosie was a huge fan of Ariana Grande and Little Mix and knew her own mind.

"When I told her Katie Price had been in town she said to me, 'mum, she isn't a celebrity!'," Georgina said. "That was in the garden just two days before she died."

Rosie's dad, Lee, remembers his daughter as a "fabulous young lady" whose humour in the household was "legendary".

"She could impersonate any accent," said the 50-year-old. "We used to watch so much stand-up and comedy - she never missed anything. It was like having a third adult in the house."

Rosie with her mum Georgina during happier times
Rosie with her mum Georgina during happier times

"She was fiercely private but incredibly loyal and organised. She knew exactly what she wanted to do. She wanted to go to university in Canterbury and she wanted to pass her driving test and even knew what car she wanted, a Mini Cooper.

"She was working very hard at school and was turning into a fabulous young lady."

Rosie also loved her dog Highbury and was very close to her grandparents, Jackie and Michael. Georgina added: "She made everyone so proud."

Herne Bay High School has released a statement, saying it is supporting pupils and staff affected by Rosie's death.

It said: "Staff and students are hugely saddened at the loss of Rosie, who was a popular, conscientious and polite student.

"Her friends have come forward with thoughts about a lasting tribute that celebrates Rosie and her time at HBHS. Rosie will be hugely missed by us all.

"The school is doing everything it can to support both students and staff at this difficult time and have passed sincere condolences to the family."

The cause of Rosie's death is not yet known, but a post-mortem examination is set to be held.

The teenager was a type 1 diabetic.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.

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