Leyland pupil offers to support mental health charity

Chorley Citizen: Mum Alison Moore, Grace Moore, dad Richard Moore and gran Olive Moore Mum Alison Moore, Grace Moore, dad Richard Moore and gran Olive Moore

A YOUNG girl who has offered support to a mental health charity is educating her classmates about the sensitive issue following the death of her beloved uncle.

Grace Moore, 10, a pupil at Farington Moss St Paul's Church of England Primary School, Leyland, has been busy raising money for Lancashire Mind.

Following the death of her uncle, Graham Emery, in 2011 Grace wanted to help other people who may also be experiencing a mental health condition.

Grace's mother, Alison, found it difficult to come to terms with the loss of Graham, who experienced severe depression.

Anxious to help her mum Grace decided to raise money for Lancashire Mind so she organised a sponsored silence where after two hours she managed to raise £64.

Not content with that Grace, supported by her head teacher Mrs Gibson, designed and made Christmas tree decorations which raised more money.

Mum, Alison, said “After Graham's death I took a long time to come to terms with it.

“Grace didn't like to see me so unhappy and wanted to help.

“She came up with the fundraising idea all by herself and I knew nothing about it until the money had been raised.

“Her uncle Graham would have been so very proud of her, as are the rest of her family.

“Instead of thinking about herself Grace wanted to try and help other people so that other families don't have to come to terms with the tragic loss of a loved one. She's such a special young lady and the best daughter in the world.”

During a presentation by Lancashire Mind at St Paul's celebration assembly, in the presence of her primary school peers, parents and grandmother Olive, Grace received a special 'star award' certificate to say thank you for all her hard work and effort.

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