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Fairies and fun in memory of Stafford worker Laura

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: June 12, 2014

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FAMILY and friends of Laura Thomas will bring sparkle and a touch of midsummer magic to a charity fairy walk in her memory next week.

The 20-year-old died in July last year when her broken down car was struck by a lorry driven by Ian Glover, 44, of Birmingham, who was looking at pictures of women on an explicit dating site while driving.

Next Sunday (22) her loved ones will don sparkling pink and fairy wings as they set out on a 5k walk to raise funds for three causes close to her heart.

They have also made friendship bracelets with hearts and angel wings to sell to raise money.

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Her mum Lisa, of Hunters Close, Great Haywood, said: "Everybody in the village has been completely shocked and wanted to do something. That's where the sponsored walk came from.

"She loved the movie Tinkerbell and loved Disney. She went to a fancy dress party as Tinkerbell, that was where the fairies came about. Laura did two charity walks when she was in the sixth form and I wanted to incorporate what she did."

The 5k walk starts at Fairy Wood, Birches Valley, Rugeley, at 2pm on Sunday, June 22 and all are welcome to attend or take part.

"I just want it to be something everyone will enjoy. I wanted to do something for Laura's memory so everybody feels they are doing something for her.

"We want to keep Laura's sparkle alive. I'm trying to do something positive for her. We have lots of support because everybody knew her. Hopefully we can raise lots of funds for the school."

Proceeds will go to wwMidlands Air Ambulance, Marshlands Special School, where Laura worked as a teaching assistant and Riding for the Disabled (RDA) in Ingestre where she volunteered.

After the walk £2,500 raised by a skydive completed by two of her friends and her aunt will be presented.

For more details and sponsor forms see www.littlelaura.net. There is also a Little Laura Facebook page.

Earlier this month Glover was jailed for five years.

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