Mum of boy killed in jumping castle speaks out: 'This isn't real'

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The mother of one of the children killed in Tasmania’s jumping castle tragedy has penned a heartbreaking Facebook post.

Georgie Gardam shared the post to Facebook over the weekend, days after the jumping castle at Hillcrest Primary School was lifted 10 metres into the air, resulting in the deaths of five young students. 

One of the children killed was 12-year-old Zane, Ms Gardam’s son.

Ms Gardam dedicated the post to Zane, “the love of my life, my first born, my world”.

“I miss you beyond words, this isn't real, how do we go on without you, we know we gave you the best life,” Ms Gardam wrote.

“I may of let you game a little too long or spoil you with too much McDonald's and Hawaiian pizza and buy too many Playstation games but everything I did in life was for you.”

Zane Mellor, 11, was one of the five children killed in the Hillcrest Primary School incident on Thursday. Source: GoFundMe
Zane Mellor, 12, was one of the five children killed in the Hillcrest Primary School incident on Thursday. Source: GoFundMe

The grieving mother said she had told his “online friends” that Zane would not be back online.

“My world is broken... I know you hear me Zane ... I am empty , I am coming to hold your hand and kiss your face baby, I love you.” 

A GoFundMe has been set up for Ms Gardam, “the most amazing mum” and her family, with more than $65,000 raised so far.

“Zane was such a beautiful caring, gentle soul who had challenges growing up with his autism and ADHD but that never set him back he kept achieving,” the GoFundMe said.

“Georgie is the most amazing mum, she never gave up and was by his side every step of the way encouraging, loving and fighting for him.”

The GoFundMe said Ms Gardam had two other sons and was always putting their needs first and she won’t be able to work “for some period” in the wake of Zane’s death.

Eleven-year-old Addison Stewart, Jye Sheehan, Jalailah Jayne-Maree Jones, Peter Dodt, all 12, lost their lives while three others are fighting for life.

Over $65,000 has been raised for Zane Mellor's family. Source: Facebook
Over $65,000 has been raised for Zane Mellor's family. Source: Facebook

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