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Parents left speechless by daughter’s selfless act after sister’s tragic death

A teenager left her parents speechless after delivering an extraordinary tribute to her younger sister. Jess Weaver’s sister Georgie died from a fatal congenital anomaly just days after she was born at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool in 2014. She has spent nearly a decade fundraising for hospital staff following her death, and her parents are bursting with pride as she approaches her last event this month.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, her mum, Emma Weaver, told how Georgie was diagnosed with tracheal agenesis after she was born on May 26, 2014.

She died a few days later, on May 31, from the condition, which describes the “complete interruption” or absence of the trachea, a section of the airway leading from the larynx.

But, without Alder Hey staff, the family wouldn’t have had those five days with the newborn.

Despite being just six at the time, Jess recognised their efforts and has spent every year since fundraising.

She left her mum and dad speechless when she told them she wanted to raise money so her late sister could “take it to the poorly children in heaven”.

Jess has since turned 15, and in the years since beginning an annual cycle ride for Alder Hey, has raised tens of thousands of pounds.

She has collected £33,000 for the hospital by cycling dozens of miles at a time, increasing her distance each year.

In 2023, she will undertake her most ambitious bike ride yet.

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With her GCSEs imminent, the teenager has committed to one last bike ride – for now.

She will take to the streets again later this month on May 28 from her home in Little Neston, Cheshire, and embark on a 51-mile bike ride encompassing parts of all her past routes.

Jess’ 2023 route will see her bike from Little Neston to West Kirby before taking the Wirral Way to Mickle Trafford and moving on to Nets Cafe.

Mrs Weaver told the Echo that her daughter has “always had a big heart” and loves helping people.

She said this month’s ride will be her last “purely because she’s doing her GCSEs next year”, and plans to go further when she has finished the landmark examinations.

The mum added: “Her words were, it’s not the end of the fundraising, it’s just a new chapter.

“She’s raised over £33,000 for the hospital and doesn’t want to stop, she’s got some big ideas.”

She was full of praise for the staff at Alder Hey, as doctors and nurses gave them five days with her daughter, into which she and her family “crammed everything we could”.

Those staffers have since “become our friends and family” she added, with the Weavers having planted themselves firmly behind Jess’ fundraising efforts.

The family is “so proud of her”, the mum added, saying: “From a six-year-old devastated at losing her sister to now, she’s doing really well.

“Jess now has another sister who is six who loves to get involved too, it’s lovely.”

Jess and her family are fundraising for the final cycle, and anyone who wishes to contribute can do so here.

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