Tree planted in tribute to well-loved teenager Leah Graham

The Oxford Times: Students from Fitzharrys School, Abingdon, with their memorial to Leah Graham. Picture: OX67342 Ed Nix Buy this photo Students from Fitzharrys School, Abingdon, with their memorial to Leah Graham. Picture: OX67342 Ed Nix

FRIENDS of a teenage girl who died from cystic fibrosis have unveiled a memorial at her former school.

The tribute to Leah Graham at Fitzharrys School, in Abingdon, where she attended includes a plaque and a pink blossom tree, in memory of the 17-year-old’s favourite colour.

The youngsters also raised £992 through non-uniform days, which will be donated to Leah’s Wish – the charity Leah’s mother, Selina Jeacock, set up after her death.

Leah had suffered with cystic fibrosis since childhood and passed away at the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital in London on October 31 last year after her condition deteriorated.

Fitzharrys School assistant headteacher Ian Goddard said: “The students are very passionate and keen to promote the excellent work that Leah’s mother has done.

“As a school we are incredibly proud of how they have responded in supporting her family and charity.”

Each year the school decides which good causes it wants to throw its weight behind.

Mr Goodard said: “This year all the students were asked what they would like to support and they were unanimous about supporting Leah’s Wish.

“We will continue to donate and ask what we can do in school, so it’s about working with them to raise money for the charity.”

Leah’s friend 17-year-old Bethan Long, who used to attend Fitzharrys School, said: “We have a plaque at the bottom of the tree with a quote about being grateful for the life that Leah had.

“We are proud of her because even after she has gone, she is making such a big impact on the world.”

The quote is from the John Green novel, The Fault in Our Stars.

It reads: “I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

“You gave me forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”

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