FRIENDS and family of a 19-year-old girl, who died from a brain tumour, have raised £1,500 in her memory from a sponsored horse ride.
Fifteen riders and 20 walkers completed a route from Creeting St Mary to Needham Market in aid of Brain Tumour UK as a tribute to Lauren Stewart, who passed away in May – six months after she was diagnosed with the condition.
The former Stowmarket High School pupil, who grew up in Needham Market, was an avid horse enthusiast and worked at Hawkins Farm Riding Stables, in Mendlesham, before becoming a groom at a show stable in Norfolk.
Her friends from Hawkins organised the Saturday morning charity ride, which finished at the Swan Inn, in Needham, where they held a raffle, cake stall and guess the number of sweets in a jar game.
Friend Ceri Ward, 29, of Stowmarket, said: “She was such a fantastic person. We wanted to make sure she was remembered in a fun way and for everyone to realise how important she was to all of us. It’s such a worthy cause. Thanks to all the local businesses who donated prizes for the raffle.”
Her mum Tracey, 47, added: “They are a brilliant bunch of girls for organising this. The amount raised is amazing and I can’t believe how generous people have been. Lauren lived and breathed horses. She spent all of her time riding and going to shows. She was always going to work with them - it was a decision made long before she left school.”
Brain Tumour UK is the leading charity committed to fighting brain tumours through scientific research, personalised support and raising awareness.
To donate to Lauren’s tribute fund, visit www.braintumouruk.org.uk/donations