A mum whose daughter drowned in the bath has praised her son and goddaughter for helping her through the ordeal.
Widowed Faye Smith, who lost 12-year-old Gabrielle in March last year, has nominated Gabi’s brother Zach and Gabi’s best friend Rebekah Walton for The Star’s Superkids awards.
Zach, aged 17, called emergency services as Faye battered down the bathroom door. Just days later he performed in the stage show Narnia – dedicating his performance to his little sister.
Faye, of Banner Cross Road, Banner Cross, said: “To lose your father as you start your GCSEs, and then for your sister to die so tragically, is so hard.
“There is a lot of pressure on kids to revise but over the Easter holidays he wasn’t able to do anything at all. He said all he could think about was Gabi. So to pick himself up, work so hard and get 11 A*s and a grade A was incredible. And nobody had understudied him in the show so they were going to pull the performance but he said, ‘I’ll give it a go’. He did all three shows and I will never forget them – there were standing ovations every night.”
Gabi, a pupil at Notre Dame School, had been diagnosed with non-epileptic attack disorder but doctors said there was no reason she could not do things alone.
Faye added: “Rebekah even sat with me throughout the inquest, and stood up in a church of 700 people and told them what she wanted to say about her best friend.”
Superkids recognises youngsters who have shown bravery, triumphed over adversity, achieved or helped others.
n To nominate a child email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name, address, email and contact number of both the nominee and yourself, as well as a detailed description of why they have been nominated.