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Fun spirit of Michaela lives on

PUBLISHED: 02:24 27 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:45 03 March 2010

FRIENDS of tragic Claydon girl Michaela Edwards danced the night away in memory of the fun-loving teenager, affectionately known as Midge - and raised £1,600.

FRIENDS of tragic Claydon girl Michaela Edwards danced the night away in memory of the fun-loving teenager, affectionately known as Midge - and raised £1,600.

Despite her death earlier this year from a rare form of pneumonia, the spirit and bounce of the 15-year-old Claydon High pupil clearly inspired her friends on the dancefloor at Great Blakenham Village Hall.

More than 100 schoolchildren aged 14 to 18 flocked to the venue that turned teenage nightclub for the night.

Some of her family came all the way from Wakefield for the evening where teenagers partied into the late hours – including a spoof raffle with some embarrassing prizes!

Her mum Hilary, of Willow Close, Claydon, told the Star the style of the evening would be just what Midge would have wanted.

"She was always laughing and partying," she said. "She loved music."

The money was raised through ticket sales and a raffle at the event - which boasted three different DJs - for the intensive care unit at Ipswich Hospital where she was first treated when she fell ill.

Complaining of a sore throat just before she was due to take her GCSEs, her condition rapidly deteriorated after she contracted a form of pneumonia so rare that only about 100 people are ever known to have caught it.

She died on May 18 after a brave fight for life following emergency treatment at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge and London's Ormond Street Hospital.

Among those who contributed to the success of last night's event was Paul Eagle of Elite Sound and Light who provided a sound system free of charge.

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