A CHARITY fundraising day held in memory of a popular 14-year-old girl proved to be an outstanding success.
Ysgol Dinas Bran in Llangollen hosted the event to help the British Heart Foundation and pay tribute to Tesni (Tes) Edwards.
Pupils took part in a range of activities including paying to wear their own clothes, wearing red items, making and selling key rings and cakes.
The total amount of money raised is still being counted, but the school hopes it will come to about £1,000, which will be donated to the charity.
Tesni, who was a pupil at the school, died suddenly of a heart condition last April.
She was found by her parents at the foot of the stairs at her father’s home in Llangollen.
Despite efforts to resuscitate her, Tesni died just two weeks before her 15th birthday. Dafydd Morris, deputy headteacher at Dinas Bran, said the whole school had worked together in tribute to Tesni on Friday Mr Morris said: “Tesni was very popular, a fantastic student with many friends.
“The fundraising included making and selling cakes and key rings. The pupils have been so enthusiastic about taking part, they want to do their very best and have been full of initiative.
“The total amount of money raised hasn’t been counted yet, but we are hoping it will be in the region of £1,000.”
Lois Ellis, a year 11 pupil at Dinas Bran, said: “It’s nearly a year since Tesni died and we all miss her so much.
“She was a great friend to us all and we are so glad we can fundraise to support the work of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Cymru and its Ramp up the Red campaign.”
Tesni’s mother, Dwysan Rowena said: “We as a family are touched Tesni’s friends have decided to plan a Ramp up the Red.
“Tesni was an articulate, bright, passionate young woman.
“She was doing very well at school and had a large circle of friends.
“She was fanatical about reading and her ambition was to become an author.
“She was two weeks away from her 15th birthday.
“It was devastating news for us all as a family and we have had to dig deep to overcome the tragedy of losing such a special person.”
She also said Tesni had no obvious symptoms of any underlying heart problem when she died and she fully supported the fundraising for the BHF.