VIDEO: Tragic Aleysha Rothwell's friends hold second memory walk to raise money for headstone

This Is Lancashire: (Left to right) Anthony Sulley, Brad Hammond, Danny Hammond, Adam Chappell, Beth Lees, Niko Russell, Amy Marsh, Cerys Lees, Morgan Pritchard and Harry Bulley. (Left to right) Anthony Sulley, Brad Hammond, Danny Hammond, Adam Chappell, Beth Lees, Niko Russell, Amy Marsh, Cerys Lees, Morgan Pritchard and Harry Bulley.

FRIENDS of tragic teenager Aleysha Rothwell came together again tonight to walk in her memory.

About 100 people met at the Home Bargains store in Breightmet for the second time in a week — as they aim to keep Aleysha’s memory alive and raise money for a headstone.

The group has already raised about £1,300 and armed with donation buckets they set off on a route to the Home Bargains shop in Bury, before walking around Bury and Ainsworth.

Friend Morgan Pritchard, aged 14, who helped to organised the vigil, said: “The aim is to raise between three and four thousand so we can buy a headstone that Aleysha deserves and so far people have been really generous.”

Taking part in the walk was Aleysha’s girlfriend, Beth Lees, who said she was really pleased with the amount of people who came out.

She said: “We don’t want this to die down - we need to keep her name in people’s minds.

“It still feels like a bad dream — we want to spend the money on something that she deserves — I would buy the moon if I could.”

The crowd wore T-shirts with messages dedicated to Aleysha printed on them and many of them held photographs of the 16-year old as they walked.

There were youngsters dressed in onesies and in fancy dress to represent the fun person that they said Aleysha was.

Aleysha was 16 when she died at her home in Breightmet, where she lived with her foster mother Beverley Sharples.

Her mother, Gaynor Rothwell, attended the walk and said the efforts of Aleysha’s friends were “mind-blowing”.

She added: “What they have done is incredible and just shows how loved she was.”

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7:45pm Wed 9 Apr 14

underwater says...

Very sad, but all this is over the top and becoming a circus.
Very sad, but all this is over the top and becoming a circus. underwater
  • Score: 4

10:30pm Wed 9 Apr 14

What I think 222 says...

What a fantastic thing to do, these young people have made up their minds to leave a lasting memorial to their friend, and its awesome what they've achieved so far. Hope they reach their target. Glad the weather was good for them. Respect to all who took part.
What a fantastic thing to do, these young people have made up their minds to leave a lasting memorial to their friend, and its awesome what they've achieved so far. Hope they reach their target. Glad the weather was good for them. Respect to all who took part. What I think 222
  • Score: 11

7:18am Thu 10 Apr 14

littlejack says...

Underwater hang your head in shame! i went down there yesterday and these young people were simply outstanding in their love for this young girl. I have never seen young people be so compassionate and for them to get out there and try every avenue they can to do something to help this young girl is simply amazing. They will continue to raise enough money to buy a headstone for their friend. I absolutely believe they will do it. God bless them all! i for one do!
Underwater hang your head in shame! i went down there yesterday and these young people were simply outstanding in their love for this young girl. I have never seen young people be so compassionate and for them to get out there and try every avenue they can to do something to help this young girl is simply amazing. They will continue to raise enough money to buy a headstone for their friend. I absolutely believe they will do it. God bless them all! i for one do! littlejack
  • Score: 9

7:47am Thu 10 Apr 14

germain2 says...

What an amazing thing to do. Head stones are ridiculously expensive and I bet her mum didn't expect she would have an expense of that sort for her 16yr old daughter. Brilliant but at such a desperately sad time. Love to all.
What an amazing thing to do. Head stones are ridiculously expensive and I bet her mum didn't expect she would have an expense of that sort for her 16yr old daughter. Brilliant but at such a desperately sad time. Love to all. germain2
  • Score: 5

8:08am Thu 10 Apr 14

aleysha says...

can not believe some ppl why shoulden't they do what ever it take's .would be glad for my daughter to have friend's like that make's me proud to live in b/met .woulden't u wan't to know ur child was loved by so many go for it kid's what ever it take's . ALEYSHA'S FUND
can not believe some ppl why shoulden't they do what ever it take's .would be glad for my daughter to have friend's like that make's me proud to live in b/met .woulden't u wan't to know ur child was loved by so many go for it kid's what ever it take's . ALEYSHA'S FUND aleysha
  • Score: 4

9:50am Thu 10 Apr 14

stereo_world says...

underwater wrote:
Very sad, but all this is over the top and becoming a circus.
****.
[quote][p][bold]underwater[/bold] wrote: Very sad, but all this is over the top and becoming a circus.[/p][/quote]****. stereo_world
  • Score: -2

12:01pm Thu 10 Apr 14

aleysha says...

well what's it to u then go do one sad person
well what's it to u then go do one sad person aleysha
  • Score: 0

1:15pm Thu 10 Apr 14

cazwivs33 says...

underwater wrote:
Very sad, but all this is over the top and becoming a circus.
A circus!!! not only are these CHILDREN trying to raise money to buy a head stone for Aleysha they are also trying to raise awareness for all the children out their suffering mental health issues! the circus are places that send these children away telling them there is nothing wrong with them, leaving them to dwell on their own thoughts! it saddens me greatley to see people have opinions like this and i hope they never have to suffer from mental health problems or god forbid any of their familys!
[quote][p][bold]underwater[/bold] wrote: Very sad, but all this is over the top and becoming a circus.[/p][/quote]A circus!!! not only are these CHILDREN trying to raise money to buy a head stone for Aleysha they are also trying to raise awareness for all the children out their suffering mental health issues! the circus are places that send these children away telling them there is nothing wrong with them, leaving them to dwell on their own thoughts! it saddens me greatley to see people have opinions like this and i hope they never have to suffer from mental health problems or god forbid any of their familys! cazwivs33
  • Score: 2

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