Brianna Ghey’s mother Esther has emotionally given a speech at a vigil in Warrington, one year on since her transgender daughter was murdered by two teenagers.
Esther told the crowd: “I really didn’t think that I was going to be able to come on stage today, but after seeing all Brianna’s really brave, lovely friends come on and do that for her, I thought I’d better push myself as well.
“So, as you’ve all heard, Brianna was an amazing, unique and joyful teenager. I will be forever thankful that I was lucky enough to spend 16 years with her. She taught me so much and gave me so much happiness and love.
“If there’s one piece of advice that I can give to any parent, it would be to hug your children tight and never stop telling them that you love them. I want to thank you all for coming here today to pay respect to Brianna.
“I hope that wherever she is now, that she can feel the love that we’ve created by joining together today. Thank you to the Golden Square and to all involved making this vigil happen. Thank you.”