Ipswich: Sian’s legacy will help children

IPSWICH: More than �5,000 raised in honour of tragic teenager Sian Ryan will today go towards improving the lives of children battling life-changing illnesses.

The 16-year-old was killed when the car she was travelling in collided with a road sign at the edge of the A14 near Nacton in August 2009.

In the summer, her family organised the first Sian’s Summer Fun Day in her memory to raise funds for the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) and a sports foundation set up in her honour.

To mark what would have been the sporty teenager’s 18th birthday, her family, of Alan Road, Ipswich, also hosted another fundraiser, Music in Memory.

In total, they have raised a staggering �10,028.

Of that, �5,014 has been donated to EACH, along with another �1,000 raised at Sian’s funeral.

Keely Walker, one of Sian’s sisters, said: “Sian’s legacy lives on in all of us and her friends.

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“We are keeping her memory alive as she was and still is inspirational.

“Raising this money has helped us and will help others too. Sian was the prettiest, funniest and most loving girl anyone could ever meet.

“Those that knew her had their lives enriched, so we think it is only right that she continues to enrich lives.”

The remainder of the money will be donated to the Sian Ryan Sports Foundation to help boost the careers of talented sportsmen and women. Planning is already under way for the second Sian’s Summer Fun Day set to be held next summer.

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