The family of a “bubbly and caring” 14 year-old have been paying tribute to the teenager after her sudden death.

Ashleigh is described as "bubbly and caring"

Ashleigh is described as “bubbly and caring”

Ashleigh Bowes, who was from Macclesfield, died suddenly at home; an inquest into her death has been opened and the police are not treating her death, which happened on Saturday 6th September, as suspicious.

St Alban’s Roman Catholic Church in Macclesfield was packed on Friday when hundreds of mourners attended the popular girl’s funeral. Ashleigh had been a pupil at St Alban’s Primary School and three teachers from her former school read a prayer for her.

Ashleigh’s mother, Sue said: “Ashleigh was one of a kind, jovial and happy and always helping others. She loved animals, especially horse riding and her rabbit – Floppy. She would teach him to jump over hurdles in the garden by putting chocolate on the other side.

Ashleigh and her rabbit, Floppy

Ashleigh and her rabbit, Floppy

“She used to ride at Bank Farm Riding School, and on her friend’s Trudy Pennington’s horses in Prestbury. She always chose the maddest horse to ride – she was a bit of a thrill-seeker.

“Ashleigh was an avid reader and always had her head in a book. She also loved the television show Friends, and her latest interest was watching horror films. She loved to write stories too, though she talked about eventually doing a job in which she could help others, something in counselling or even detective work.

Ashleigh was "always helping others"

Ashleigh was “always helping others”

“She always had something good to say to people to cheer them up, and many people have been in touch with us to talk about how she touched their lives – even if it was just in a small way. She will be greatly missed by myself, dad Kevin, brother Chris and the rest of her family and her friends.”