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Family and pupils to mark 13th birthday of Stoke-on-Trent school girl Alex Shaw

Alex's mum Emma with brother Lewis and step-dad Lea

Events will be held at Thistley Hough Academy to mark the 13th birthday of former pupil Alex Shaw who died last year.

The remembrance will be held at the school today (May 9th), on what also marks Alex's first birthday since she passed away last October.

Alex was diagnosed with a rare medical condition - methylmalonic acidemia - when she was only six months old, and had regular treatment at Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Mum Emma says she would be "heartbroken" if she could not make a big deal out of the day, and with the support of Thistley Hough Academy, where Alex was a pupil, a number of special events are taking place at the school.

Pupils will be learning how to play "Happy Birthday" on steel drums, a special meal is being arranged by school kitchen staff, pupils are being allowed to wear special t-shirts designed and provided by Ben Mills at Bee Active, and there will also be a minute's applause.

Her young sister, Nevaeh, who attends the Willows Primary school, has been allowed to join in as well.

In addition Alex's friends will be planting a lilac tree in commemoration - lilac being Alex's favourite colour.

Emma is hoping to raise funds for Birmingham Children's Hospital as part of the celebration and says she's already raised over six hundred pounds.

Going forward she hopes to honour Alex's memory by establishing The Alex Shaw Trust to allow her legacy to live on.

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