The mother of Brianna Ghey has launched a fundraiser with the goal of helping children with their mental health problems in honour of her late daughter.
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The 16-year-old was tragically killed in Warrington in February of this year, prompting an outpouring of grief, shock and anger across the UK.
Since then, a boy and girl, both 15-years-old, have been charged with her murder and vigils have been held across the UK to pay tribute to Brianna.
Despite a motive not yet being established, police are investigating “all lines of inquiry” – including it being a potential hate crime.
Brianna’s mother, Esther, has since launched a fundraiser alongside the Warrington Guardian on behalf of the Mindfulness in Schools Project.
“I decided to help make a difference to our society”
Discussing the campaign, Esther said: “The traumatic impact that this had on my family was so enormous, that I decided to help make a difference to our society to reduce the risk of this happening again to another young person.”
As stated on the GoFundMe page, the “short-term goal is to raise money to send teachers from Warrington on Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) training courses, which will provide more support for children of all ages.”
Having mindfulness techniques in schools “will allow children to process and deal with negative emotions in a healthy way – preventing mental health problems from developing in later life,” it continued.
Tom Bedworth, Community Reporter at the Warrington Guardian, added: “The whole town came together following Brianna’s death, and we hope everyone will get behind our campaign, too. If we can make a difference to just one child, then we will have been successful.”
Those who may have information related to Brianna’s killing are advised to contact police via the Cheshire Constabulary website or by calling 101 and quoting IML 1476832. If you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Donations to the GoFundMe can be made here.