A group of friends from Barry are raising money for a memorial bench to remember a friend who died last year after suffering from Cystic Fibrosis.
Chloe Staples who was a student at Ysgol Bro Morgannwg, was just 19 when she passed away last March, and now some of her fellow students and friends want to pay tribute to her in the form of a memorial bench.
Zia Philp, Lucy Richards, Taylor Clarke, and Shannon O’brein have so far raised £700 to buy a bench in memory of Ysgol Bro Morgannwg pupil Chloe Staples who died after living with cystic fibrosis (CF) – having been diagnosed at birth.
The friends, who attended Bryn Hafren Comprehensive, PRU, Bro Morgannwg and Eastern High School, are aiming to raise £1500 and raise awareness for the medical condition.
CF is a genetic condition affecting more than 10,000 people in the UK and is caused by the person inheriting a faulty gene from both their parents, causes the body to produce a thick mucus, which effects each person differently.
Chloe’s mum, Sharron Staples said: “Chloe was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when she was a baby from the heal prick test.
“When we were told, we were absolutely devastated as we knew life expectancy was short.
“Chloe knew in her heart how bad CF was, but lived life to the fullest. At times she would cry as she wanted to live a normal healthy life like her friends for instance, having a job, her own place and in time, a family of her own.
“Chloe had a big impact on family and friends, a bubbly caring personality and at times would also have an attitude which would make us laugh at times.
Miss Philp, speaking on behalf of her friends, said: “Chloe always focused on the positives and lived her life to the fullest.
“Looking at her, you would never have known that she was poorly, she always presented herself as happy and was always smiling.
“She was a lively, strong willed girl who was motivated to live her life to the fullest and always remained as strong as she could.
She added: “We are raising money for a memorial bench which we are hoping will be placed at Porthkerry.
“Lucy started the fundraising by setting up a GoFundMe page which so far has raised £380 of our £1500 target.
“Shannon then contacted the Cystic Fibrosis Trust Charity who sent out fundraising buckets and t-shirts.
“We then decided that we would also help raise money for that charity, so we took to the streets and asked the public for donations to the memorial bench and the charity and from this, we have raised a total of £700 so far.”
To support Chloe’s fundraiser visit the GoFundMe page on