Teen honours late mum with gifts for patients and families
CLOUDIA CAMPTON knows too well the pain of losing a loved one, having suddenly lost her mum 15 months ago.
Her pain was still raw last year when she embarked on her fund-raising drive to buy cards and flowers for patients and families in the intensive care unit at local hospitals.
This past November, Cloudia repeated the effort, holding a chocolate drive and ice cream days at Kadina High, and collecting gold coins at assemblies to help with her quest.
"I remember being with mum at Lismore Base Hospital's ICU. Lots of people came and spoke to me," the 14-year-old said.
"They assured me that I wasn't alone. They supported me and helped me through it.
"Mum's birthday is on Thursday 5th, and I'll be giving flowers and cards to patients and their families that day to honour her memory. I've called it Katie's Day.
"It's horrible losing someone you love. Hopefully this alleviates their pain a bit and helps me with grieving.
"Sure I'm sad, but I feel that this is the time to do something for them - and myself.
"Every card will have a handwritten message from me to them to keep it personal."
Cloudia's teacher Janine Russell said she was "one of the most awesome people you'll ever meet".
"At the very time when she's experiencing her own hurt, she is thinking of the pain of others."