Memorial for much-loved Sian raises �8,000 for good causes

IPSWICH: Family and school friends of sorely missed teenager Sian Ryan gathered to remember her infectious character and raised a staggering �8,000 for two worthy causes.

The 16-year-old’s family planned the charity bonanza in her honour, entitled Sian’s Summer Fun Day, which was held at Copleston High School where Sian was a pupil until she was tragically killed in a car crash on the A14 on August 17.

As the first anniversary of her death approaches, her family organised the event to raise as much money as possible for the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices Treehouse appeal and the Sian Ryan Sports Foundation.

The event, which featured all of Sian’s favourite activities, raised a total �8,000.

Mum Chrissie said: “It was an absolutely amazing event – we’re all really chuffed.

“We had the poshest tombola ever, with bottles of wine and smellies – there wasn’t a tin of beans in sight!

“So many of her friends came along with their families and we had a big balloon release for Sian.”

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Former teammates of Sian, who played academy football, also went along and a five-a-side match was held between two of Sian’s sisters Zoe Walker and Annalise Ryan. On top of all that there were fun stalls, including six tables full of cakes, face painting and a raffle.

The event was such a roaring success and Sian’s family are hoping to make it an annual tradition.

Sian, of Alan Road, Ipswich, was a passenger in Perri Daniel’s silver Citroen Saxo, when it “careered out of control” off the road, colliding with a road sign at the edge of the carriageway, killing her.

Daniel and Gavin Sahota were both found guilty of causing the 16-year-old’s death by dangerous driving by a jury at their trial at Ipswich Crown Court on June 9. They were sentenced to three years in a young offenders’ institution.

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