SCHOOL colleagues of a 14-year-old girl who died suddenly from a heart condition last year say they still miss her “so much”.
Tesni Edwards, a pupil at Ysgol Dinas Brân in Llangollen, was found by her parents at the foot of the stairs at her father’s home in Llangollen last April.
Despite efforts to resuscitate her Tesni died just two weeks before her 15th birthday.
Almost 10 months after her death, school friends are arranging a charity fundraiser and say she is still sorely missed.
Lois Ellis, a year 11 pupil at Ysgol Dinas Brân, said: “It’s nearly a year since Tesni died and we all miss her so much.”
Lois is one of a group of pupils arranging red-themed fundraising events at their school on Friday.
They are encouraging all at the school to wear fancy dress or red clothing to school, with all proceeds to go towards British Heart Foundation (BHF) Cymru’s fundraising Ramp up the Red campaign.
Lois said all money will be raised in memory of Tesni.
“Tesni 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,” she added.
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.”
Ms Edwards said Tesni – also known as Tes – had no obvious symptoms of any underlying heart problem when she died.
“We learnt quickly her death was caused by a condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – a condition where all the muscle wall of the heart becomes thickened,” said Mrs Edwards.
“We are all keen her spirit will live on and we know Tes would want to keep helping and informing others.
“This is why we will be supporting the BHF on Friday and ask others to help with the fundraising.”