When Graham Emery died suddenly after suffering extreme depression, his family’s world was rocked.
But his niece, 10-year-old Grace Moore, was determined to help other people experiencing mental health conditions.
The Farington Moss youngster held a sponsored silence at her school to raise cash for Lancashire Mind, and in support of her mum, Alison.
Alison, 40, said: “We really feel very strongly that there should be no stigma with mental health.
“It was devastating when Graham died, it rocked our world as a family, but out of this we have to be positive.
“After it happened, I did a sky dive and raised £3,000 because I wanted to do something positive.
“Grace just knows that uncle Graham died and I’m sad and I raised money for Mind and she wanted to do the same.”
Alison said: “Mental health will not be a taboo subject in my house.
“It’s an illness like any other and it should be spoken about openly. There is a lot of work that Mind do about raising awareness of mental health.”
Grace, who goes to Farington Moss St Paul’s CE Primary School, organised a sponsored silence in memory of her uncle who died in 2011, and after two hours she managed to raise £64.
And in the run up to Christmas, Grace designed and made tree decorations which she sold to her friends, raising another £26.
Alison, who works for Lancashire County Council, said she was “hugely proud” of her daughter.
She said: “She came up with the fundraising idea all by herself and I knew nothing about it until the money had been raised.
“Her uncle Graham would have been so very proud of her, as are the rest of her family.
“Instead of thinking about herself Grace wanted to try and help other people so that other families don’t have to come to terms with the tragic loss of a loved one.
“She’s such a special young lady and the best daughter in the world.”
At a presentation at school by Lancashire Mind, Grace received a special star award certificate to say thank you for all her hard work.
Penny Hamer, fundraising manager at Lancashire Mind, said: “It is such a great pleasure to meet Grace and her family who have turned a tragic time in their lives into a positive one, helping others to get the advice they need to manage and maintain their own mental well-being.
“Grace is such a lovely young lady and it has been an honour to present her with her star award.”