“Our daughter Mia tragically lost one of her best friends Jamie-Leigh in December 2019, to myocarditis, a day we will never forget when the news broke that her friend had died in her sleep.
For a nine year old it was really tough along with her other school friends they struggled to come to terms with it. It’s not something nine year olds often go through or should have to go through.
From the funeral to a school memorial service these children were in bits about losing one of their pals and it was such a tough time for all who knew her.
Mia struggled to come to terms with things and wouldn’t talk about Jamie-Leigh to begin with.
As time moved on and in trying to deal with the process of her friend dying we tried to encourage her to remember the happy times and the funny times and so on.
With the year anniversary coming round fast we wanted to do something positive for people to remember Jamie-Leigh and to raise awareness of cardiac arrests in the young.
We came up with the idea of selling wristbands in her memory with her name, in rainbow colours. We look for her in rainbows…..
Once the word got out Mia was inundated with orders for friends, pupils in the school, their parents and families, school staff, and the local community. She collected all the money and dealt with bagging up the bands and distributing them. It was a big task.
She took it all in her stride and enjoyed doing it.
Everyone wears their bands with pride and remembers Jamie-Leigh and in selling 480 bands in total Mia has made an astounding £858.64 for C-R-Y.
We couldn’t be more proud of her and we know Jamie-Leigh’s Mum Ellen and brother Alfie are so proud too.
Karen & Paul, Mia’s parents.”