A fund to buy musical instruments set up after the death of three-and-a-half year old Rosa Simon from Hadleigh has reached £5,000.
The Rosa Simon Music Fund will buy instruments for schools, playgroups, churches and registered childminders in the Hadleigh area.
Rosa’s father, Paul, said the objective of the fund reflected Rosa’s love of music and dancing.
He said: “The aim of the fund is simple – to give children more opportunities to laugh and to have fun with music. That way - as in so many others - we know that Rosa’s spirit will live on.”
Rosa died in June after a tragic accident in a collision with a van outside her home, and since then residents and organisations have been contributing to the fund.
Mr Simon said: “The love and kindness of the people of Hadleigh to our family since Rosa’s death has been all-embracing and ceaseless.
“Nonetheless, it is especially moving that £5,000 has already been raised to support the Rosa Simon Music Fund, and we would like to profoundly thank all the individuals and organisations who either have already donated or who have pledged to do so.”
He added: “This includes those fantastic people at the Hadleigh Thrift Shop who gave £500 and the Hadleigh Community Choir who donated £300.
Recently the Mr Simon and his daughter Millie received the cheque for the fund from Josie Read, treasurer of Hadleigh Community Choir.
He said: “We are trying to find out what the local demand is for specific instruments, and will be sending out a questionnaire to as many schools, playgroups, churches and registered child minders as possible – as well as inviting them to a brief meeting in the early autumn to find out what is needed.
“We will then be in a position to start buying the instruments,” added Mr Simon.