Schoolgirl raises £2,600 in sister’s memory

Jessica Clements, who has raised more than �2,500 for cystic fibrosis after her sister died from the illness in 2008. Jessica is pictured with her parents Graham and Lynsey and sisters Lexie (6) and Aubree (2).  PIC BY ROB LOCK
Jessica Clements, who has raised more than �2,500 for cystic fibrosis after her sister died from the illness in 2008. Jessica is pictured with her parents Graham and Lynsey and sisters Lexie (6) and Aubree (2). PIC BY ROB LOCK

A 10-year-old Lancaster girl has raised more than £2,600 for charity in memory of her sister who died at the age of seven.

Jessica Clement organised a fun day and golf tournament to support the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, a condition which her older sister Ellie suffered from.

Jessica (right) as a toddler with her sister Ellie.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'27-5-2015

Jessica (right) as a toddler with her sister Ellie. PIC BY ROB LOCK'27-5-2015

Ellie died in February 2008, when Jessica was three, as a result of a heart infection.

She had been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at just two weeks old.

Mum Lynsey said Jessica had fond memories of her sister despite being so young, and had been wanting to raise money for the charity for some time.

Lynsey, 33, said: “When Ellie was born she was put into special care because she stopped breathing a couple of times.

“Two weeks later she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.

“She passed away three days after her seventh birthday in 2008 from a heart infection.

“For a couple of years Jessica has been asking to do something to raise money for other people with cystic fibrosis.”

Dad Graham, 34, said: “I am a member of Lansil Golf Club and we organised a big fun day there in Ellie’s memory, with all the funds going to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

“We set up a Just Giving page with a £500 target, but so far we have raised £2,659.”

The day included a golf competition – with the course donated for free by the club – as well as activities in the club house and a psychic night.

Jessica, who lives in Howgill Avenue along with her sisters Lexie, six, and Aubree, two, also organised a mufti day at Skerton St Luke’s Primary School, which encouraged pupils to pay £1 to wear yellow clothes for the day – the official colour of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Jessica also made and sold yellow loom bands.

The day also helped to raise awareness of the condition among children at the school, where Ellie was a pupil herself.

Jessica has now been nominated by her cousin Georgia for a Pride of Britain award in the Young Fundraiser of the Year category.

Lynsey added: “It’s going to such a good cause and it’s something so close to our hearts.

“We are very proud of her. She had been wanting to do something for a long time.

“Jessica won’t forget Ellie. She is always in her mind and we often talk about her.”

To donate to Jessica’s fundraising, go to justgiving.com/graham-clements1

What is cystic fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease caused by a faulty gene.

This gene controls the movement of salt and water in and out of your cells, so the lungs and digestive system become clogged with mucus, making it hard to breathe and digest food.

People with this condition have to undergo daily sessions of physiotherapy to break up the sticky mucus on their lungs and have to take a concoction of drugs daily.

There is currently no cure for cystic fibrosis.