Dad’s devastation after tragically losing teenage daughter to suicide

The family of a teenage girl who tragically took her own life are hoping to raise funds for the “places she loved”.

Heartbroken father Stephen Blackford, 36, was working away at sea in April this year when he received the call with tragic news.

A family member contacted him and told him that his 17-year-old daughter, Chelsea Mooney, did not have much time left, reports Hull Live.

Chelsea had been suffering from an eating disorder for several years and had received treatment from a number of mental health hospitals.

Chelsea died on April 12 this year at Northern General Hospital

On April 10, while in the care of a secure psychiatric hospital in Sheffield, she committed suicide.

Stephen said: “I called the hospital and asked how serious it was and they said I would have to get back urgently. I asked our ship’s captain how long it would take, he said 15 hours.

“So I asked if she would still be there after 15 hours, and they said she might not make it.”

At this point, Chelsea was classed as “stem cell dead” but because she still had a heartbeat the doctors tried performing CPR on her.

“Her body temperature was lowered and they tried again 24 hours later, but it did not work and Chelsea’s time of death was declared at 2.52pm on April 12.”

“Chelsea’s always been a mother hen, she was the oldest with four younger sisters, a brother and a step-sister. She was always wanting to help and be the first one in there to do whatever she can.

Chelsea was the oldest of her siblings
Chelsea was the oldest of her siblings

“After she died, we decided as a family that we would donate her organs to whoever needs them. Chelsea donated her kidneys, liver and heart. Four people managed to get them and lived the life that Chelsea didn’t want.

“We’ve racked our brains to think if there had been any signs in the past, but nothing has really stood out. We pride ourselves in being quite a good family, but we never saw anything, even looking back at it now.”

Chelsea had always been a keen performer, she was a gymnast who competed up and down the UK and did a lot of shows at the Bridlington SPA theatre.

Her family believes it would be best to raise funds for the places where Chelsea was her happiest.

Her father, sister and aunt will be skydiving at 10,000ft on October 31 at the Skydive Parachute Club in Bridlington in Chelsea’s memory.

“We saw how much joy she got from being there, so we decided to raise money for Bridlington Gymnastics Club, New Pasture Lane and Bridlington School.

“At school, she was always at the front of the stage when it came to performing. During a show once, another girl got stage fright and did not want to perform so Chelsea stepped in and said ‘I know the part, I’ll do it’.

Chelsea at a gymnastics competition
Chelsea at a gymnastics competition

“She went and performed in front of 1,000 people and she was brilliant.

“As a family, we want to put the donations towards keeping other children safe, new equipment and entertainment facilities. Chelsea loved to dance, sing so her gift is helping the places that helped her in happier times.”

Donations for Chelsea’s cause can be made on the family’s Justgiving page.

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