Daisy Dymyd, aged six, was found unconscious at her home in Nottingham on Monday and was pronounced dead at a children’s hospital in Sheffield. Not long afterwards her family were notified of a fundraiser that had been set up on JustGiving.com in her name. They have since contacted the police who have issued a warning telling people not to donate.
The account was supposedly set up by the girl’s uncle, although that’s not yet confirmed, and has so far only raised £150. The account has not yet been taken down, but the family has contacted the site and are in the process of having it removed. Meanwhile Nottingham police spoke to reporters and said,
“The family reported the account to us. It is still online but we're in the process of getting it taken down now."
Meanwhile they tweeted on Friday,
“A fake fundraising account has been set up, which is allegedly raising money for Daisy Dymyd's family.
"Daisy died earlier this week and her family ask for privacy at this difficult time. Please don't donate. Her family is not raising money and we are investigating. Thank you.”
The family of a six-year-old girl who died after being found unresponsive at home have paid tribute to their "beautiful daughter".— ITV News Central (@ITVCentral) 22 February 2018
Daisy Dymyd was airlifted to hospital from her home on Lincoln Road in the village of #Tuxford, Nottinghamshire. More here: https://t.co/kHprqwmQel pic.twitter.com/UITd3rJ23t
No arrests over Daisy’s death have been made, although police and the family are still waiting for the coroner’s report. Meanwhile her family continue to ask for privacy during this time and offered this tribute to Daisy,
“Our beautiful daughter was the centre of our world and we can't believe she's gone.
“She will be so missed by everyone that knew her. She was a such a happy little girl who lit up our lives and made the world brighter.”
While fundraisers and other forms of crowdfunding have exploded over the last decade as they have been used to fund everything from movies to games to funerals, the platforms still carry a significant risk. The process of funding is unlike traditional investment, as there is no guarantee of return and there have been numerous high profile case of people who have attempted to gather investments for impossible products just so they can run away with the money afterwards. However, using the name and face of a deceased six year old to gather collections under the name of funding funeral cost all for your own selfish gain must really represent a new low-point for the internet.