Six-year-old wanted to write to mummy after be­ing told she had died

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - AMY COLES Re­porter amy.coles01@waleson­

A SIX-YEAR-OLD boy wrote a heart­break­ing note to his mum telling her he loved her after be­ing told of her death just five weeks be­fore Christ­mas.

Jes­sica Cow­dery, 26, from Brid­gend, died last month after strug­gling to cope with bipo­lar dis­or­der. Her fam­ily be­lieve she took her own life.

Ex-part­ner Christopher Che­ung broke the news to their son Leo who, on hear­ing the news, said he wanted to write a note to his mummy.

He wrote: “To mummy, I love you so much xx from Leo”.

Jes­sica’s friend Sarah Tris­tram now wants to raise enough money to send lit­tle Leo, who faces his first Christ­mas with­out Jes­sica, to Dis­ney­land as a “last present” from his de­voted mum.

Jes­sica’s mum Elaine Llewellyn, 56, paid trib­ute to her daugh­ter, who she said was very close to Leo.

She said: “Jes­sica and Leo were very much like brother and sis­ter. They would be play­ing and run­ning around, laugh­ing, play­ing hide and seek.

“Jes­sica loved oc­ca­sions and with Christ­mas com­ing I know she would have been shop­ping and do­ing things like dec­o­rat­ing the house.

“Leo says ‘I miss my mum.’ The other day he was walk­ing around in her slip­pers.

“The trip would make Leo’s Christ­mas. I don’t think the news has really sunk in but the longer it goes on it will.”

She ad­mit­ted Jes­sica’s death was a shock and that she “seemed to be do­ing bet­ter” in the weeks be­fore her death.

Heart­break­ingly, after des­per­ately try­ing to get sup­port for her daugh­ter from pro­fes­sion­als for months she was fi­nally given num­bers to call on Novem­ber 22 – the day Jes­sica died.

Elaine said: “I really do not know what made her take her er own life.

“I was cry­ing out for or help for her.

“When she was high h she was very high but ut when she was at a low w point that would be e like the end of the he world.

“A woman phoned d back with num­bers on n the day she died.

“I was try­ing to ring g her that morn­ing to o tell her we have got ot some­where to go.

“I un­der­stand men­ntal health is strapped ed for cash but she should have had a psy­chi­a­trist or a men­tal health worker help­ing her with this.

“If she had help she prob­a­bly would still be here.”

Sarah, who knew Jes­sica for two years and launched the fundrais­ing cam­paign for Jes­sica and Leo, said she was a “beau­ti­ful person in­side and an out”. S h e added : “Leo L was her lit­tle boy. He ab ab­so­lutely ad adores her. I know it’s go go­ing to be ve very hard. Sh She is go­ing to miss out on some of h his firsts. “I want to ra raise money to help with th the fu­neral costs and to send dL Leo to t Dis­ney­land just after Christ­mas. “Leo just thinks his mum is in heaven. He has been writ­ing her lit­tle let­ters say­ing he misses her and hopes she is hav­ing a lovely day. “I don’t want him to go with­out. It will be the first Christ­mas with­out his mum.

“It could be a lit­tle present maybe from his mum – maybe her last present.”

Leo’s dad Christopher said: “It would mean a lot to Leo, more than any­thing. He would love it. He has never been on hol­i­day be­fore.”

Elaine said the trip would have added sig­nif­i­cance be­cause Jes­sica, who used to work as a den­tal nurse, was wor­ried she wouldn’t be able to af­ford any Christ­mas presents for Leo.

She said: “Jes­sica said she had no money to get Leo any­thing. I re­minded her we would have plenty for him and she said: ‘Well he won’t have any­thing from me’.

“This trip would be the best present.”

To do­nate visit www.gofundme. com/make-leo-che­ungschrist­mas-spe­cial

For con­fi­den­tial sup­port, the Sa­mar­i­tans can be con­tacted for free around the clock 365 days a year on 116 123.

Leo with his mum Jes­sica Cow­dery, from Brid­gend, who died la last month

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