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Rachel Lane’s death broke hearts, now a £10,000 grant in her name to the Star Throwers charity in Wymondham will help others

PUBLISHED: 17:20 12 April 2017 | UPDATED: 21:01 12 April 2017

Left, Rachel Hogg, and Rachel Lane, who sadly passed away in 2012. Picture: Courtesy Nick Lane

Left, Rachel Hogg, and Rachel Lane, who sadly passed away in 2012. Picture: Courtesy Nick Lane

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She was a much-loved friend and daughter who died aged just 27 after a five-year battle with cancer.

Rachel Lane during the Olympic parade through Aldeburgh on July 5, 2012. Picture: Courtesy of Nick Lane Rachel Lane during the Olympic parade through Aldeburgh on July 5, 2012. Picture: Courtesy of Nick Lane

And now, a £10,000 donation has been made in memory of Rachel Lane to help others going through the same terrible experience.

The Rachel Lane Legacy Fund has gifted the amount to the charity Star Throwers, which is based in Wymondham, Ms Lane’s home until she died in 2012.

The money, which is the first grant the fund has made, will pay for much-needed treatment for cancer patients left suffering from lymphoedema - a debilitating condition where lymph fluid builds up in an area of the body, such as the arms or legs.

Dr Henry Mannings, who founded Star Throwers, said: “We are exceptionally grateful to The Rachel Lane Fund for funding the creation of this new service.

Rachel Lane. Picture: Courtesy of Nick Lane Rachel Lane. Picture: Courtesy of Nick Lane

“Thanks to their donation, we will be able to provide desperately needed help to cancer patients suffering from lymphoedema.”

Ms Lane’s siblings, Amanda Lansom and Nick Lane, run the fund.

Mrs Lansom said: “During my sister’s illness this service was not available meaning Rachel endured much pain because of the condition.”

Rachel Lane with her sister Amanda Lansom. Photo: Bill Smith Rachel Lane with her sister Amanda Lansom. Photo: Bill Smith

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Rachel Hogg, who suffers from lymphoedema, said: “For those who develop lymphoedema following treatment for breast cancer, it can be really debilitating. It’s distressing, uncomfortable and a constant reminder of your battle with cancer.

“It’s a lifelong condition requiring good management to keep it as under control as possible, but sadly the physical and emotional effects can take their toll.

“The new service at Star Throwers will be a huge help to lots of people as there are currently limited local services available.”

Before she died, Ms Lane raised thousands of pounds for the cancer charities Keeping Abreast, Big C and Wymondham-based Star Throwers.

She also undertook an inspirational ‘bucket list’ of things she had always wanted to achieve, which included becoming an Olympic torchbearer, attending the men’s final at Wimbledon, meeting TV presenter Jools Holland and seeing rock star Rod Stewart live in concert.

To find out more about the Rachel Lane Fund or to make a donation www.norfolkfoundation.com/funds/rachel-lane-fund

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