Published: 00:01, 09 January 2017
Little Lulabelle Snow Hurst was given a kiss and a cuddle and tucked into her bed for a good night’s sleep. Tragically, she never woke up.
Now her mother has described her grief at the loss of her one-year-old “angel” and thanked the community for rallying around to support the family.
Joelle Hughes described her daughter as her whole life as she broke the tragic news to friends via her Facebook page.
Miss Hughes, from Headcorn, who also has a son, Teddy, wrote: “My life, my angel, my beautiful soul of a daughter was taken from us so suddenly. She went to bed Friday her happy cheeky self, she was a little monkey whilst I tried to brush her teeth.
“We gave her cuddles and kisses like usual and tucked her into bed. I found her later that evening not breathing.
“I tried so hard to get my angel back but for whatever reason my little girl is needed up there.
“She was a perfect one-year-old baby girl who loved more than anything to dance, have cuddles and play with her big brother. She will be loved dearly by everyone forever.
“I would like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for your kind words and amazing support.”
Friend Alexandra Corcoran set up a gofundme page to raise money for a funeral, and more than 300 people donated over £4,000 in four days.
On the page she wrote: “Nothing will take the pain away and nothing will ever replace her.
“She was a beautiful little girl who brought so much joy to those around her. She will be deeply missed by everyone, especially her brother Teddy and mummy and daddy.
"Her passing has touched so many people, let’s hope we can raise enough money to give her the beautiful princess send-off she deserves.”
Miss Hughes, a former pupil of Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre in Tenterden, said she was overwhelmed by the donations.
She urged other families never to take their loved ones for granted, adding: “Please give your babies or loved ones an extra squeeze.”
An inquest is due to take place into the death, the Central and South East Kent Coroner’s Office confirmed.