Official Investigation Launched by the Health and Safety Executive into the Death of Ella Henderson

Photo supplied by the Henderson family

Investigators from the Health and Safety Executive will being looking into the death of Ella Henderson, a six-year-old girl who was killed by a falling tree on school grounds.


On Friday the 25th September Ella Henderson was rushed to hospital after the incident at Gosforth Park First School in Newcastle. The air ambulance and medics worked hard to save her but unfortunately she died in the Royal Victoria Infirmary on the Saturday morning.

A spokesperson for the Health and Safety Executive said “The HSE will work alongside the Northumbria Police to investigate this fatal incident. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family at this sad time”.

Ella’s family paid tribute to her and have raised over £48,000 for the Great North Air Ambulance Service since the tragedy last week. The family said “Ella is our beautiful baby girl now and always. We want to say a heartfelt thank you to the teachers, emergency services and the staff at the RVI who did everything they could to help her. We are truly humbled by all the support and donations, even from people we have never met before. She was so brave and so strong, she brought so much joy to us, her big sister Abi, her family, her besties and all who she met. We feel incredibly blessed to have had her in our lives. We had the perfect family and she will live on in our hearts.”

Detective Inspector Steve Byrne, of Northumbria Police said: “This was an incredibly tragic incident and our thoughts go out to Ella’s family and loved ones at this unbelievably difficult time. We will continue to offer them any support they need and they have asked that their privacy is respected as they grieve the loss of Ella.”

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