THE family of Whitecrook schoolgirl Paige Doherty have encouraged others who've lost loved ones to attend a retreat to help cope with the loss.

Pamela and Andy Munro have set up the event, which runs from December 1 to December 3, as part of the charity Paige's Promise.

It will provide emotional support for youngsters through outdoor activities and give them a chance to say goodbye to loved ones by writing a letter which will be attached to a balloon and released into the sky.

Pamela said: “We’re doing it for kids who’ve lost someone to suicide or murder or an accident – a sudden death – because it’s so hard to get your head around.

“You don’t get to say goodbye and you’re not prepared financially so we just hope that it will help families to get through what’s the hardest time of their lives.”

Paige’s mum Pamela said it has been important for her and her family – including children Andrew, Peyton, Lucas and Penny – to keep Paige’s memory alive by honouring the teen’s caring nature.

The 33-year-old told the Post: “Paige was such a caring person.

"I watched her primary seven leavers speech the other day and she was saying, ‘I want to be a doctor to help other people’.

“She always wanted to help other people so when this happened to her I thought, ‘I’m going to help other people because she can’t’.”

The event is completely free and available for those aged five to 16-years-old. Transport will also be provided.

There are 10 places still remaining on the trip - six for children and four for adult chaperones - however, anyone who does not select this retreat will automatically be placed on the waiting list for one in the new year.

To find out more information contact the charity via the Paige’s Promise Facebook page or email