By Sarah Keane • 24 October 2020 • 15:25
Loved ones say a final goodbye to schoolgirl who took her own life due to bullying and harassment during lockdown.
The funeral of 12-year-old Charley Patterson took place on Friday, October 23. Horses wearing her favourite teal colour drew Charley to the service in Whitley Bay Crematorium. The schoolgirl took her own life after her mental health deteriorated during lockdown, amid constant bullying on a school computer.
Charley’s mother Jamie said that the schoolgirl had tried to kill herself twice previously, in November and March. Jamie took Charley’s phone, but she had to use her Chromebook for school work, and apparently the abuse continued through Facebook and WhatsApp. Charley’s devastated father Paul found her body on October 1.
Jamie Patterson is calling for legislation to be introduced to ensure children who are struggling receive help quickly after they were told there was a three-year waiting list for Charley to receive help from a mental health service.
Donations were collected at the end of the service for the Charley-Ann Patterson Trust, which aims to provide young people in the area with a safe space to attend activities and share anything they are struggling with in a confidential space with trained adults.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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