Mother of tragic teen ‘hoping for answers’ at inquest

THE mother of Lucy Goulding has said she is ‘hoping for answers’ and for changes to be made within the health service when she attends the inquest into her daughter’s death next month.

Lucy Goulding with her brother Sean
Lucy Goulding with her brother Sean

Lucy died in tragic circumstances earlier this year following an operation to relieve pressure on her brain brought about by a benign tumour.

Antonella Goulding, said: “It will be very difficult. I am trying to mentally prepare myself for the inquest because Lucy’s unseen suffering and her cruel ordeal will be discussed.

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“I am hoping to get answers and I am hoping the facts and the truth are going to come out.

“There have been many cases of tumours in young people not having been diagnosed in time and this shows that there is undoubtedly a lack of knowledge within the Health Profession that needs to be addressed and changed. That is what I am hoping is achieved from the inquest.”

In the wake of Lucy’s death, her school, Chatsmore Catholic High School, set up the Lucia Foundation. Money raised for the foundation will be used to help the lives of young people and to establish a memorial garden at the school as a tribute to Lucy.

A number of events have been held across the community in support of the foundation, raising £3,712 in total.

Fleur’s Beauty Room, Richard John, Rockster Modern Jive, Piccola Italia Deli and Giuseppes Italian Restaurant have all played their part in raising money for the foundation, with events including an Italian dinner and dance, and a coffee and cake morning.

Antonella said: “The support received by the local community has been truly overwhelming and we would like to express our deepest and sincerest thanks to all the people that have kindly given so much of their time and effort in organizing events to raise money in memory of Lucy.”

The Lucy Goulding award has also been set up by her school to recognise a student who has taken an active role in the school community.

Mike Madden, the school’s head teacher, said: “It is fitting that Lucy’s year group will be the first to receive the award.”

The award is sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Association.