Marpool children pucker up

PUBLISHED: 12:42 21 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:02 10 June 2010

Marpool School took part in the Blue Kisses appeal run by Tracie Pannell in memory of her daughter Leanne Pannell, who sadly lost her fight with Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) earlier this year, aged just 19.

Marpool School took part in the Blue Kisses appeal run by Tracie Pannell in memory of her daughter Leanne Pannell, who sadly lost her fight with Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) earlier this year, aged just 19.

Tracie has backed the national campaign to raise awareness of the illness by encouraging local businesses and schools to add a blue lip print to a piece of paper with a view to beating a world record of the most 'lip prints' collected.

On Friday, November 14, the children of Marpool School joined in the campaign.

The school held a special memory for Tracie as this is where her Leanne went to school as a child.

She said; "It was quite strange being back, but also really nice too as I know many of the people there."

Rachel Pattison, Head Teacher at Marpool was Leanne's school teacher and also trained her for gymnastics - in which the school was in the top five for the national school championships at the time.

Rachel said; "It is lovely to be able to support a cause so close to my heart.

Leanne was a lovely girl, full of energy and always willing to get involved in activities.

"She was a model pupil and an inspiration to all young people."

All the children wore blue clothing for the day and puckered up to make their mark.

340 kisses were added to the campaign - that has so far collected over 1,500 blue kisses from local schools and businesses.

Tracie hopes to collect over 2000 from Exmouth people to add to the national campaign.

The aim is to create 40,000 kisses nationally. More information can be found on www.phassociation.uk.com.

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