Mother of Paige Doherty begins charity in daughter’s memory

Paige Doherty was found dead in March.  Picture: Contributed

Paige Doherty was found dead in March. Picture: Contributed

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THE mother of a teenager found dead in Clydebank has started a self-defence charity in her memory.

Pamela Munro is setting up Paige’s Promise, in memory of her 15-year-old daughter who was found dead near her home in March.

A man has been charged with her murder and is expected to stand trial next month.

Ms Munro told STV she wanted to “bring something positive” out of her daughter’s death.

She said: “I needed to do something to remember Paige by. I thought what happened to her, I didn’t want happening to other families.

“With any tragedy you need help with, regardless of what the tragedy is - whether it’s murder or a car crash, whatever - you need support, you need help.

“To us there isn’t a lot out there, we’ve seen that firsthand. After the funeral and everything, you’re kind of on your own.”

The self-defence classes began in Clydebank this week and Ms Munro hopes it will expand to Glasgow as well.

She added: “I just think kids should have the basic knowledge to defend themselves when they’re out and about. You never know when something’s going to happen.

“We wouldn’t have thought anything would happen to our wee girl. It would have been good if she had a wee bit of knowledge behind her to protect herself.

“It might not help everybody - it might not have helped Paige - but at least if they’ve got that knowledge, if they know what they’re doing if someone was to grab them or attack them, they could try.”

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