Tributes to 'kind, caring and amazing' Oldham girl who has died from coronavirus

Moving tributes have been paid to an 11-year-old girl from Oldham with a rare genetic condition who has sadly passed away from coronavirus.

Fabiana Zoppelli was a pupil at New Bridge Academy in Hollinwood and previously went to Corpus Christi RC Primary School in Chadderton.

Fabiana (pictured) suffered from a rare genetic disorder known as Floating Harbor Syndrome. 

She died last on Sunday (June 7) at Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

Gavin Lyons, head teacher at her school New Bridge, said the news had come as a "huge shock to all of us who knew her as a bright young girl with a vibrant energy and a beautiful smile".

Paying tribute on the school's website, Mr Lyons added: "We send our love and deepest condolences to her family and all who knew her, and our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

"To us, Fabiana was a beautiful soul, with whom we had the privilege to share so many wonderful moments.

"She possessed a fantastic ability to spread happiness wherever she went and she was a delight to have her beaming presence as part of our New Bridge family.

"Many of us remember the smile that crept across our faces as we watched her joyous performance of the lindy hop in last year’s Christmas Extravanganza.

"To those closest to her she was an amazing friend and through her role as one of our ‘Buddys’, was a source of support to so many pupils, helping them move around school during breaks and lunchtimes. 

"She was always happy to help, nothing was ever too much. A talented artist, a brilliant dancer, a hard-working pupil, a generous friend. You will be missed dearly by us all, children and adults alike."

A statement on the Corpu Christi website said: "Last Sunday, we received the devastating news that our kind, caring and amazing friend Fabiana had died. 

"Our Corpus Christi family has lost a special friend and our hearts are broken, but the memories we have of her will last a life time. We will never forget you.

"As a school community we are raising funds to support Fabiana’s family during this difficult time.

"The support we have had so far is amazing. This girl was loved by everyone who met her. The generosity shown by many has been amazing- thank you.

"Everyone has a special memory of Fabiana."

A Just Giving page set up by the school to support her family has already raised over £3,000. To donate, visit

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