Tributes have be pouring in to a six year-old girl, after her shocking death on a family holiday.
Little Jasmine Lapsley, who was from Anfield in Liverpool, was on holiday with her family in Gwynedd in North Wales when she died.
It is thought that Jasmine choked to death; and investigation has been launched after it transpired that it took an ambulance 16 minutes to reach her. The six year-old was airlifted Ysbyty Gwynedd, but was pronounced dead shortly after her arrival.
A spokesman for the Welsh Ambulance Service said: “We extend our deepest sympathies to the family of the little girl who lost her life. We take incidents such as these very seriously and will be looking into the circumstances to ensure we have a proper understanding of exactly what happened.
“What we can confirm at this stage is that we had a call at approximately 8.30pm on Tuesday to a medical emergency in Morfa Nefyn, which was assessed and categorised as serious and immediately life-threatening. Our nearest available resources, two Community First Responders and two emergency ambulances, were allocated immediately. We then dispatched an RAF helicopter and a paramedic in a Rapid Response Vehicle to offer support. While waiting for help to arrive, an off-duty member of our Patient Care Services team performed CPR on the little girl, who was later airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd where tragically she was pronounced dead.”
Since Jasmine’s death, her family have set up a Just Giving page, raising money for the Make A Wish Foundation; her family chose that charity because Jasmine made a wish in a wishing well just hours before her death. Her father, Robert, wrote on the Just Giving page: “Jasmine was only six years old when she was taken from us so suddenly. She was full of love, life, energy and enthusiasm for her family, friends and her so many interests. She was truly a shining light in our lives.
“On the day Jasmine passed away she made a wish at a wishing well whilst on a day out with ourselves and her brothers and she never had the chance to see the wish come true.” The page has already raised £1,500.
The former Flock of Seagulls bassist, Frank Maudley, knew Jasmine because he would visit his shop, Card Carousel, He recalled: “She was an angel. She would come into the shop and just stand there and smile. When it was her birthday I gave her a china tea set from the shop.”