The community came together this afternoon (Monday) to mark Katie Rough’s eighth birthday.
A week after the tragic events that shocked the York and far beyond, family, friends and well wishers gathered at Westfield Park.
Katie’s parents Paul and Alison, were comforted by the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu at the event, held next door to Westfield Primary School where Katie was a pupil.
A statement from the family said:
They are also thankful for all the donations that have been made of the kind thoughts they have received over the last week.
A crowdfunding campaign for the family has raised nearly £24,000.
Young and old queued up to write personal messages to Katie, who died on January 9 after being found in a field behind Alness Drive in Woodthorpe with serious injuries.
The messages were were attached to 200 biodegradable balloons.
On the stroke of 4pm, as the crowd sang happy birthday, they were released into the sky.