T-shirt keeping Leah’s memory alive

First published in News

ABINGDON pupils designed T-shirts in memory of schoolgirl Leah Graham.

A competition was held to support Leah’s Legacy, a cystic fibrosis charity set up after the 17-year-old died from the genetic disease last October.

Winner Lucy Sharrock, 12, of Larkmead School, designed a pink T-shirt decorated with butterflies and flowers, picked by Leah’s mum Selina Jeacock. Leah went to Fitzharrys School and John Mason School, but all of Abingdon’s schools took part.

Lucy said: “I wasn’t expecting to win but feel proud as I put a lot of effort into my design.”

The challenge was held by Specsavers staff in the Abbey Shopping Centre, who knew Leah as a customer.

Shop director Atul Vadgama said: “So many schools, children and teenagers wanted to get involved, it shows how much Leah’s story affected the community here in Abingdon.”

The T-shirts will be worn at a fundraisier at the shop on Saturday.

The charity raises awareness of cystic fibrosis, the importance of organ donation and raises money for Leah’s chosen charities – Helen and Douglas House hospice, Oxford Children’s Hospital, Cystic Fibrosis Trust and The Harefield Hospital in London.

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