Community come together to celebrate Hannah

Deborah Smith with her stepdaughter Hannah Smith
Deborah Smith with her stepdaughter Hannah Smith
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The family and friends of Deborah Smith, the Leven stepmum of tragic teenage cyberbullying victim Hannah Smith, have organised a fundraising disco in memory of the youngster.

Hannah, of Lutterworth, Leicestershire, took her own life on August 2 this year, having received abusive messages when she posted on the site Ask.fm.

Her stepmother Deborah Smith lived in Leven, Methil, Windygates and St Monans before moving to Leicestershire in 2000 after meeting Hannah’s father Dave.

A group of Deborah’s close friends and family in Levenmouth have now organised the disco to celebrate Hannah’s life and raise money for an anti-bullying charity.

“The idea for the disco came about after a group of us travelled down to support Deb and her family at Hannah’s funeral,” Patricia Allan told the East Fife Mail.

“A group of us have been friends of the family for over 20 years and along with Deb’s sister and nieces, we have arranged this event in Hannah’s memory.

“The funeral really was a celebration of Hannah’s life and we decided we wanted to do something to recognise this back home as well as raise awareness of the issue of cyber-bullying and have some fun doing it.”

The money raised by the event will go to Harborough Against Bullying (HAB), an organisation who support and advise the victims of bullying and advocate for a change in policies in schools and the work place.

“We have all been overwhelmed by the support we have received – Hannah’s story really does seem to have touched local people,” Patricia added.

Only a handful of tickets remain for the disco on November 2 at the Buckhaven Community Centre.