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Manchester High School for Girls


Manchester High School for Girls is honouring the memory of its former pupil, Daniella Sciama, today 5th March.

Daniella Sciama

Daniella was a pupil of MHSG between 2006 and 2013. Throughout her childhood and adolescent years, she bravely battled a range of chronic conditions and tragically passed away following a severe asthma attack during her first term at the University of Edinburgh on 3rd December 2013.

Daniella was known for her determination to succeed despite the challenges put in her way and, to celebrate this special character, an annual School charity day has been set up in her name to support local charities.

This year’s ‘Charity Day for Daniella’ is helping Cornerstone and their work with vulnerable, homeless women in Manchester.

Mrs Reynolds, charity co-ordinator at Manchester High, said: “It has been fantastic to see the School community come together and remember Daniella. Everyone’s response has been truly heartfelt.”

Students and staff have been making a chain of coins around Daniella's memorial garden.

Students and staff have been creating a chain of coins around Daniella’s memorial garden in the library quadrangle, and many have donated sanitary and hygiene products for the charity.

Mrs Reynolds added: “As we approach International Women’s Day, we felt it was appropriate to focus our fundraising efforts on women. With limited or no access to sanitary products, homeless women in Manchester are often forced to go without. Simple donations can, therefore, make a real difference in these women’s lives.

“Our first ‘Charity Day for Daniella’ has been a wonderful reminder of the young, talented MHSG student who touched so many lives in the short time she was with us. We cherish the memories we have of her.”

The total raised by the coin chain of friendship reached a fantastic £110 and, with the help of Tali, Gabi and Libby, Mrs Reynolds delivered the sanitary products to Cornerstone on Friday 16th March. The products are estimated to be in the value of around £400.

Mrs Reynolds said: "The staff at Cornerstone  were overwhelmed by the generosity of our girls and thank them so much for supporting them and for supporting our Charity Day for Daniella. The kindness of the donations will make a real difference to the lives of women coming to the centre. What a wonderful way to remember Daniella. Thanks to everyone who contributed to making the day so memorable."

Photos of today can be found here

Generous donations have been made throughout the day to local charity, Cornerstone.