Lanterns lit for tragic Shivohn

Shivohn Watson memorial event at The Mollies, Merton Bank
Shivohn Watson memorial event at The Mollies, Merton Bank

FRIENDS and family of tragic teen Shivohn Watson lit lanterns and released balloons at a poignant vigil in her memory.

The “witty and bubbly” Haydock High pupil, 13, died due to an undetected heart defect on March 3 - less than two hours after suffering a fit at her home.

Shivohn’s mum Beverley and sister Samantha, 20, braved freezing temperatures to join about 100 friends and family at the event.

As well as all those who attended the event, hundreds more “liked” the event on the Facebook social networking website.

Mrs Watson described the support she and her family has received since the tragedy as “unbelievable”.

She said: “We let a few lanterns off and some balloons as well. It was lovely.

“We went in to Shivohn’s school last Friday too - where they held a special assembly in her memory.

“Losing Shivohn is very difficult to come to terms with but we’re already planning to try to raise enough money to buy a defibrillator for Haydock High.

“There’s a sponsored walk planned from school over the Easter weekend and any donations at Shivohn’s funeral will go towards the appeal.”

Mrs Watson and Samantha have already paid tribute to the paramedics, doctors and nurses who had desperately tried to save Shivohn’s life, as well as to their next door neighbour, Pam, who helped tend to Shivohn when she suffered the fit.

A book of condolence has also been opened in Shivohn’s memory at Haydock High.

Shivohn’s funeral was set to take place at St Helens Crematorium at 11.30am today.