They should have been celebrating their daughter’s 18th birthday.
But instead a Newsome couple will mark the milestone date by attending a special charity gig in Huddersfield aiming to raise thousands for charities in her name.
Olivia Glennie was just 15 when she died.
She spent days in hospital after being found hanging from a tree in Armitage Bridge.
Her organs were donated, as she had requested, and her family was told she had helped save the lives of three people: a 14-year-old girl, a woman in her 20s and a man in his 30s who had a kidney transplant.
Now Alex and Diane Glennie hope that they and hundreds of family and friends expected to pack the Picturedrome in Holmfirth on Saturday, June 4, can help raise much-needed cash for the Family Donor Network, Leeds General Infirmary Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, MIND and the British heart Foundation.
The couple believe Olivia, known as Livvie, could not cope with the ‘21st-century pressures’ caused by social media and mobile phones. They had no idea anything was wrong before her death but believe the pressures of 24-hour communication by text, Facebook and the internet mean teenagers face ‘too much, too young’.
Mr Glennie said: “The concert is for what would have been Olivia’s 18th birthday.
“Fittingly the concert we have planned is all about the first and last bands she saw.
“She saw the Arctic Monkeys in Manchester and the last cocnert she went to was by Green Day at the Emirates in London.
“Diane and I thought it would be fitting to do something for charities. We could not afford the Arctics nor Green Day, but we have sourced the very best alternatives in Antarctic Monkeys and Green Date.
“I have seen both bands and know people will not be disappointed.”
More than 600 of the 690 tickets for the night have already been sold and the couple are confident the gig will be a sellout.
Mr Glennie added: “This is going to be one special night and a lot of monies will be raised for the four charities.”
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