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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
£3000 raised towards tragedy teenager's funeral

THOUSANDS of pounds have so far been raised to help pay for the funeral of a Dumfries teenager who took her own life.

NEVER FORGOTTEN . . . Chloe Orr sent this picture to her mum Kelly just last week and it quickly became Kelly’s favourite image of her daughter. She shared it with DnG24

 

Chloe Orr, 15, died last Friday night, just hours after her last day of school.

She was openly gay but struggling with her sexuality, despite having the full support of her family, including her twin sister – who say they had no idea she was unable to cope.

Grieving parent Kelly Moorhead told DnG24 she was the ‘apple of her eye’.

The mum-of-four said: “My baby girl was my rock. She is and always will be a beautiful soul.

“She was a joker, like me, and always winding the family up to make us laugh, forever acting the clown.”

She added: “I cannot imagine life without her, I’m empty inside.

“Everyone who knows me knows my four wee ducks are my world and my world will never be the same now she’s not here.”

Single mother Kelly, who works part time at Tesco, wants to give Chloe the best send off possible and a gofundme page has been set up online to help her cover costs.

It was created by Chloe’s uncle, Lee Carruthers, who said: “This appeal is to raise the £1000 deposit that Kelly needs in order to start the process of laying her daughter to rest.

“As a family we would give her every penny we have, but what we can give wouldn’t make a dent in what she needs.

“We all love Chloe, and we are going to miss her each and every day we draw breath.”

So far about £3000 has been raised.

Kelly is blown away by the amount and the kindness of locals.

She said: “We raised what we needed in a few hours but we’re keeping it open and will be sending Chloe’s two favourite charities the remainder of the money.

“Chloe would be so proud that other teens were being helped.”

Any leftover money will be split between the cost of a headstone and donated to the LGBT and the Oasis Youth Club.

To donate visit: www.gofundme.com/forchloe

* Anyone suffering from similar problems can contact The Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org

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