Mum of the murdered teen Brianna Ghey launched an awareness campaign for mental health this week after finding so much support from the sympathetic public. Esther Ghey trained and took part in The Great North Swim in Windermere, which takes place in the Lake District to raise money for the Mindfulness in Schools Project. Since then, Ghey has decided to start her own campaign for students, called the Peace in Mind campaign, in Brianna Ghey’s name, which will also raise funds for the Mindfulness in Schools Project (Pink News, September 2023).
Esther Ghey opened up that she hopes this campaign will “help make a difference to our society to reduce the risk of this happening again to another young person” (Manchester Evening News, September 2023). The mum of Brianna Ghey went on to talk about how her daughter’s murder has been traumatic and caused a shock and outcry in her family and local area.
Her daughter, Brianna Ghey, made news headlines earlier this year when she was tragically killed. The teenager identified as a transgender girl and had posted a lot on TikTok, where many paid tribute to her memory thereafter. The 16-year-old had been found, stabbed to death, in Linear Park in Culcheth Warrington, in February this year (The Guardian, February 2023). Two 15-year-olds were later charged for her death, one entering a plea since, with the case now being adjourned until 4th October this year (Sky News, July 2023).
A vigil was held in her memory in Linear Park, Culcheth, shortly after, where over 1,000 turned up in support to pay tribute to the teenager (BBC News, February 2023). Many more paid tributes online, and many other transgender youths showing their support and raising awareness of hate crimes in the community. All LGBTQ+ radio stations also held a minute of silence in Brianna Ghey’s memory.
The goal of the fundraiser is to send teachers Mindfulness in Schools courses that could support more children through the schools in Warrington. Esther hopes this will lead children to develop healthy coping mechanisms and to prevent, ultimately, tragedies like Brianna Ghey’s death from happening again (Gay Times, September 2023).
Esther Ghey’s fundraiser can be found through this GoFundMe link.
Edited by: Anwen Venn
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