An 11-year-old girl who is profoundly deaf has shared her diary, giving a moving insight into her world and the difficulties she faces every day.
Lily Murray, 11, from Workington, Cumbria, wears bright pink hearing aids but has been picked on by both classmates and adults as a result of her condition. She was approached by the Deaf Children's Society to front a campaign about her experiences and has so far raised almost £24,000 for the charity. Some of the diary entries reveal how she feels left out in school or embarrassed when she doesn't hear what someone has said.
Her mum Nicki said "Lily was bullied a bit last year over being deaf and missing out on things really. "It's difficult for anyone going to secondary school but she says in her diaries about how if she doesn't hear something she's the butt of a joke. "Her school have been doing deaf awareness workshops and we're hoping to get in a few sign language classes as well for the children who want them.
"She's just so proud to have raised so much money to help other people." Lily wrote in her diary about how her hearing disability leaves her feeling left out at school. She wrote: "Dear Diary, really fed up today. Everyone was laughing and joking at lunchtime, but I missed out on lots of what they were saying."