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Campaign to name plane after little Edie takes off

Edie
Edie

A couple have launched a campaign to get a jet named after their daughter who died suddenly last month.

Cheryl and Tom Murphy, formerly of Southowram, were left devastated when their two-year-old daughter Edie died after suffering a seizure.

But following a celebration of her life last week, they heard about a competition to name a holiday jet and knew it would be the perfect way to remember Edie.

An online appeal has seen more than 100,000 votes flood in from across the world and the campaign has been trending across the web with the hashtag #FlyHighEdie.

Cheryl, 31, said: “It’s just so comforting to know that three weeks ago, nobody had heard about Edie.

“To think that so many people have been touched by her and taken her into their hearts is just absolutely amazing. It’s something positive out of what has been a horrible situation.

“We have been trying to muddle on through, but it has completely broken us. You never expect that you will have to deal with something like that.”

Thomson will announce the name of their 787 Dreamliner later this month and it will take off for the first time in January.

Cheryl added: “Edie would have absolutely loved that she was in the papers and she always used to recognise her name.

“I can just imagine her in my head saying ‘all aboard Edie’s plane’. She was a such a little cheeky chops, she had her own way of doing everything.

“She loved Frozen, could sing any of the songs from the film and I think in her head she was Queen Elsa.

“At the celebration of her life, we had ‘Edieisms’ - the things that she used to say. She was so witty and we have so many happy memories of her.

“It’s just so touching that people want this for Edie.”

Next year family and friends, including some in Halifax, where Edie was born, will be taking part in a number of fundraising events to raise money for the Royal Hospital of Sick Children, where Edie received treatment.

To vote for Edie, visit http://nameourplane.com/name/edie before November 16.