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Medical student’s fundraising legacy

Freya Barlow (middle) with friends in Ghana

Freya Barlow (middle) with friends in Ghana

A popular medical student who twice beat cancer and set up a fund to help those affected by the disease has died aged just 22.

Freya Barlow, from Feltwell, passed away on January 5 after a two year battle with Leukaemia.

After her diagnosis in January 2012, selfless Freya set up a trust to support those fighting the disease – a fund which has already raised more than £10,000.

Last year she climbed Ben Nevis and completed a 10k run to raise money for the trust.

Freya grew up in Feltwell, near Thetford, later going to Sacred Heart School in Swaffham, Beeston Hall School in West Runton and Gresham’s School in Holt.

After two stints in Ghana working at a hospital, she returned to begin a medical degree at Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry in Plymouth.

Her father, Mark Barlow, said Freya was always thinking of others.

He said: “She was a wonderful daughter and an extremely popular girl.

“If she saw someone having lunch on their own she was the type of person to go over and join them.

“She was very kind, extremely loyal and charitable.”

Mother Jackie Hall said: “She was a remarkable girl.

“She wanted to join the Army to be a doctor out on the front.

“She was just amazing – she was the sort of person who always finished what she started.
“Sadly this was the only thing she couldn’t beat.”

When Freya was diagnosed as terminal on November 5, within 48 hours her friends had organised a ball at the Guildhall in Plymouth.

“Around 350 people turned up,” said Mark.

“It just shows how popular she was.”

Headteacher at Sacred Heart School, Sister Francis, said: “She was a very determined young lady – very hard working, very able and very committed.

“Freya was a wonderful person and sadly sometimes wonderful people die too young.”

Her funeral is being held at Ely Cathedral on January 23 at midday.

Donations should be made to the Anthony Nolan Trust.

 

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