Two Barrhead sisters have organised a fundraising night in memory of a tragic young mum who was lost to suicide.

Billie and Allie McGaughey were left devastated by the death of close friend Sophie Watts at the age of just 21 on February 4 last year.

To honour Sophie, they will host an event at the Hazelwood Bar, in Nitshill, this Saturday, with half of the funds raised going to her sons Riley, five, and Jake, three.

The remainder of the cash will benefit the PANDAS Foundation – a mental health charity which supports parents suffering from post-natal depression.

Mum-of-two Billie said: “Myself and Allie became friends with Sophie when we went to school together and she was living in Scotland around nine years ago.

“I last saw her in January 2020. She came to Scotland for a few days and stayed with me.

“We went back and forth to visit each other over the years when Sophie moved back to England and I spoke with her regularly over the phone and via Facebook Messenger and Snapchat.

“Her death came as a huge shock to everyone. Although we were all aware she had struggled with her mental health for a couple of years, we didn’t know she was struggling to that extent.”

Billie, 22, also told how Sophie, who was from North Yorkshire, was hugely popular.

“Sophie was very beautiful and loved by literally hundreds of people,” she added.

“She was an amazing mother to her two boys. Her life revolved around them and becoming a mum was her greatest achievement.”

Sophie was staying in the Guisborough area at the time of her death.

Her family and friends from England are travelling north for Saturday’s fundraising event.

Billie said: “There will be raffles, games, food, a DJ and, most importantly, it’ll be a good night – just like our girl would have wanted and always made sure we had when she was here.

“Sophie never had a smile off her face, the most beautiful smile also. She was always laughing and joking, very mischievous and cheeky but that’s why we all loved her so much.”

Anyone who would like to donate a raffle prize ahead of Saturday’s event should message Billie at

The fundraiser can also be supported online at