Remembering caring Claire

Claire Taylor, who died suddenly in November.

Claire Taylor, who died suddenly in November.

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A GLOBAL project is helping to remember a Kirriemuir teenager who died suddenly last year.

Claire Taylor passed away in November from undiagnosed Type 1 diabetes.

The sudden death of Claire, who was only 17, shocked the town and the school community at Webster’s High School, where she was a sixth year pupil.

Her family - parents Malcolm and Helen and brothers Andrew (19) and Dougie (14) - visited the school last week to present a cheque for £1,000 to Helen Fleming of the charity Mary’s Meals that sets up school feeding programmes in the world’s poorest communities.

Claire had always enjoyed home economics at school and baking at home.

When her older brother developed Type 1 diabetes she became interested in becoming a dietician and was on her way to fulfil this dream when she cruelly lost her life.

Her parents told “The Kirriemuir Herald: “After Claire’s funeral a substantial amount of money was donated in her memory.

“Some money has already gone to fund an education programme about Type 1 diabetes. Claire was an extremely caring and kind girl. She always tried to support and help people, especially if they were feeling down. She was full of fun, loved to laugh and smile and brought joy to many people.”

Malcolm and Helen explained they felt Mary’s Meals encompasses the need for education with healthy food and caring and therefore decided to donate £1,000 of the fund to this charity.

Claire’s sixth year classmates have also got fund-raising ideas in the pipeline for this week to raise money for Comic Relief, continuing the theme of caring and fun.

Mary’s Meals provides one daily meal in a place of education in order to attract chronically poor children into the classroom; there they can get an education which will hopefully be their ladder out of poverty.

The charity began by feeding 200 children in Malawi and now works in 16 countries feeding over 600,000 children every day.

The work is named after Mary, the mother of Jesus. It consists of, respects and reaches out to people of all faiths and none.

The average cost to feed a child for a year is £10.60.

Wherever possible the charity uses locally produced food and volunteers to support the local economy.

Running costs are low and of every £1 donated 93p goes to charitable work.

The vision of Mary’s Meals is that every child that needs a meal can receive it in a place of education and by working with those who share its ideals this can be realised.