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Charity set up in memory of Maryam

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Fiance to set up charity in memory of tragic Maryam Najafian

A charity is to be set up in the name of a teacher who died in a tragic sledging accident.

Maryam Najafian from East Kilbride died after an accident in Kelvingrove Park Glasgow last month.

Now her fiancée Andrew Duncan has told of plans to create the Maryam Najafian Foundation in memory of the 25-year old teacher.

The charity will help children in poverty.

"Maryam devoted her life to children. She was an incredible teacher and the family and I have decided to start this charity to try and raise money for children to try and bring some happiness to them," he said.

"We just want to raise as much money as we can and we know that would be something Maryam would be proud of.

"She just had a real way with children that I've never really seen before and it breaks my heart because she would have been an amazing mum but she will have improved a lot of children's lives."

The foundation's logo is to be an apple – which has special significance said Maryam’s brother Reza Najafian,

"The reason for that is my sister was a primary school teacher. She used to take a piece and an apple in for one of the children who was sent to school with no piece every day.

"That's 2015 in Scotland. That's really unacceptable."



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