Tribute to Holly on birthday

Setting off balloons and paper lanterns to celebrate Holly's 21st.
Setting off balloons and paper lanterns to celebrate Holly's 21st.

FAMILY and friends of the late Holly Thomson gathered in Mossend to mark the occasion of what would have been her 21st birthday.

Holly died at the age of 15 of a brain haemorrhage, but her organs went on on to help save the lives of seven other people, including a baby.

The Holly Tree Foundation subsequently became a registered charity in 2006 to help fund vital research into brain haemorrhage and raise awareness of organ donation.

Several years ago a memorial tree was planted near Holy Family Church and those in attendance lit the 500 lights on the tree and sent balloons and paper lanterns flying into the night sky.

Holly’s sister Vicky said: “We didn’t want to let what would have been her 21st birthday pass without marking the occasion.”

Full story in December 29 edition of Bellshill Speaker