A younger girl who impressed a ‘snake’ of painted stones to be laid down in a well-liked Exeter park has sadly died on the age of 26.
Annie Pyne had the uncommon degenerative Niemann-Choose illness. Two years in the past, greater than 260 vibrant painted stones have been positioned in Heavitree Pleasure Floor to rejoice Annie’s 25th Birthday, a milestone she was by no means anticipated to achieve when she was initially identified with the illness on the age of 10.
Nevertheless on the weekend, Kim, who created the Annie’s Stones Facebook Page, which has over 600 members, posted: “It’s with nice disappointment to announce that Annie Pyne handed away peacefully final week, together with her devoted dad and mom at her aspect.
“Anybody who knew Annie would understand how pleased and loveable she was. Annie was adored by many and he or she shall be missed by so many individuals.
“Annie’s Stones was created for Annie to see how far her stones travelled…and he or she has had pleasure seeing them journey to plenty of totally different components of the world, which has been wonderful. Thanks to everybody who helped make this occur,” she added.
Niemann-Choose additionally posted a tribute to Annie Pyne on their Fb web page. They stated: “Annie has been a really particular a part of our group for a few years, brightening our lives together with her vast and delightful smile, enthusiasm and pleasure for all times, and willpower to get pleasure from and create fantastic reminiscences regardless of residing with NPC.
“We really feel blessed to have identified Annie and ship our heartfelt sympathies to all those that knew and beloved Annie, particularly her devoted household and lots of shut associates. Annie touched many hearts and shall be enormously missed.”
Annie was one in every of solely 140 identified individuals within the nation to have Niemann-Choose illness, and it’s estimated there are simply 2,000 households affected worldwide.”
The ‘snake’ of stones in Heavitree introduced a lot pleasure to Annie, whose face lit up when she visited the park again in 2020 to see all the gorgeous stones which have been laid out to mark her birthday.
The stones not solely introduced pleasure to Annie and those that have been concerned in portray, hiding and discovering the stones, it’s also elevating consciousness of the uncommon degenerative illness.