Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn put aside their political differences to send condolences to the family of Katie Rough – as donations flooded in.
At Prime Minister’s Questions the Labour leader began with words of commiseration for the family of Katie, seven, who died in a field behind Alness Drive, Woodthorpe on Monday.
He told a packed House of Commons: “I’m sure the whole House will join in heartfelt condolences to the family and friends following the tragic death of seven-year-old Katie Rough in York earlier this week.
“I think it’s right we send condolences to her family.”
The Prime Minister agreed. Mrs May said:
York detectives were scouring the field where Katie was found using metal detectors today.
A 15-year-old girl has been remanded into secure accommodation charged with Katie’s murder.
‘Kindness of strangers’
Meanwhile a crowdfunding campaign for Katie’s family quickly surpassed its original £2,500 target.
The donations started pouring in as soon as it was put live by Heworth woman Maggie Jackson. By 7.00am on Thursday the total had topped £8.6K.
It has shocked the whole of York. I don’t know if it’s too early to say this but I’d like to raise money to give to her family to help them through this terrible time without any other worries.
Katie’s family took to the site to offer their thanks.
And a huge thank you to Maggie Jackson for starting this amazing idea
– Kieran Hudson
– Jan Hinds
– June Horner Ferguson