A DEVASTATED mum has told of her broken heart after losing her only child.
Now Paula Graham is channelling her grief into providing a lasting legacy for her son Will and wants other children to follow their dreams.
The 16-year-old’s world revolved around music and every lunchtime he could be found playing the old piano in the music room at Crookhorn College.
Paula, backed by family and friends, is now hoping to raise £10,000 to buy the school a new grand piano so children can keep making music.
The piano will have a plaque to Will, entitled Just Keep Dreaming – a song he composed.
The Royal Marine cadet was found dead at his home in Sapphire Ridge, Waterlooville, after coming home from school last month.
An inquest will take place to determine how he died.
Paula, 45, who works as a tutor, said: ‘It was a shocking, tragic, unbelievably devastating time.
‘I am still in shock now. I cry day and night.
‘Every time I go out, coming back through the door is so difficult. He was our only son. He had everything going for him.
‘In our eyes he was perfect, but then every parent would say that. But he really was exceptional. He was my life and he’s left me with a broken heart.’
More than 300 people went to Will’s funeral at St George’s Church.
His father Andy Graham, 52, a former Royal Navy engineer, remembered walking into the living room each night and seeing Will at the piano composing ‘wonderful music’.
The piano has now become a shrine to their son, with his Royal Marine cadet cap, a baseball with the letters RIP and a memorable family photograph from a day-out in Southsea earlier this year.
Paula said her son had the world at his feet.
He was studying his GCSEs and was planning to go to South Downs College to study music.
One of his dreams was to play in the Royal Marines band.
In January he had done his first photography shoot for a modelling agency in London.
Paula said: ‘He wanted to produce music for films.
‘He had a lot of dreams, a lot going for him. He was so fit - he had a six pack.
‘He was so strong. He was the best javelin thrower Crookhorn had ever had. His talent for music was exceptional.
‘At the age of three he could play Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star on the keyboard just after listening to it.
‘He could listen to any music and play it back on the keyboard.’
She added: ‘He had a great character - he was funny and kind.
‘A lot of the tributes from his friends say that Will that was the person that made you smile and picked people up when they were down.
‘He always listened and cheered people up.’
The memorial fund has raised around £3,700 already, but many more donations are needed to hit the target.
Paula said: ‘Music was his life – his own little world was the music room at school.
‘He would want more than anything for the school to have a new piano.
‘Will would want everyone to be able to play. He inspired people with his music.
‘We want that legacy to continue with the grand piano so other children can keep on playing music and keep on dreaming.’
To donate visit gofundme.com/p2yv3k.