The mother of murdered toddler James Bulger has helped launch a charity CD to raise money to protect children from being bullied.
Denise Fergus unveiled the cover version of Michael Jackson’s Heal the World at a four-hour event in Liverpool city centre on Thursday afternoon.
It was one of her few public appearances since her son was killed by two 10-year-old boys in Bootle in 1993.
It will cost £1m to build James Bulger House, a centre for bullied children.
Mrs Fergus, 42, from Kirkby on Merseyside, said: “This is a first for me because I have never appeared in public before a big crowd before and I am a bit nervous.
“But helping to raise funds and working to create this lasting memorial to James is something that has allowed me to write a new chapter in my life.
“I feel that I have turned a page and moved on in my life to create something that will benefit kids who really need help.”
James Bulger House, which will be based in Liverpool, will be part of a network of Red Balloon Learner Centres, which support victims of bullying throughout the UK. Full story.