CHILDREN from schools across Penarth wore bright colours on Tuesday February 4 to commemorate Hannah French, a 12 year old girl who died of an asthma attack in 2010.

The fundraiser was organized by Hannah’s sister, Charley French, and the money raised will be donated to Asthma UK.

Charley, who also has asthma, said: “I originally thought of the fundraiser when I was trying to decide what to do for Hannah’s anniversary.

“Hannah loved bright colours and I thought why don’t I try and raise money for Asthma UK to help other families suffering with asthma.”

Ten Penarth schools took part in the fundraiser, including Stanwell School where Hannah used to study.

The grand total raised will not be calculated until next week but St Cyres have raised £667 and Cogan Primary have raised £167.

Charley’s mother, Nicola Edros, said: “Having the fundraiser did me the world of good. It meant I didn’t have time to dwell. It was lovely to know people still care.

“You never think you’ll lose your child to asthma. Before Hannah died I’d never heard of it. So the more people who know about it the better.

“Charley is a lot like her sister. She is a caring kid and she would do anything for anyone.

“Anybody you speak to about her will say how lovely, polite, and caring she is.”

Nicola previously organised Hannah’s Party in the Park, an annual fundraiser in her daughter’s memory.

Head teacher at Cogan Primary, Mrs Sibert, said: “It’s so important for children to understand the effects of asthma in order to lead healthy lives.

“A huge thank you to Charley for raising awareness in the name of her sister Hannah.”

Stanwell School will be holding its bright-colour day next Friday.

Kayci Yip, a Year 13 student and member of the Charity Committee at Stanwell School, said: “We are delighted to be able to support this worthy charity to honour Hannah’s memory”.

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