Charity funds raised in memory of Hemsby’s Hannah Witheridge
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Thousands of pounds have been raised in memory of the animal-loving Hemsby student murdered on a Thai beach.
Hannah Witheridge, 23, and Jersey backpacker David Miller, 24, were killed on the island of Koh Tao last month.
Miss Witheridge's family have since set up a fundraising page for FAITH Animal Rescue at Hickling, a charity their 'beautiful, intelligent, loving' daughter was passionate about.
So far £4,245 has been donated in the UEA graduate's memory, with touching messages left by friends, family and fellow travellers.
On the page the family says: 'Our beautiful Hannah was taken too soon. Hannah was a fun, vibrant and stunning young woman who will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
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'Hannah was passionate about animals and, as a family, we have provided a home for several dogs from FAITH Animal Rescue over the years.
'It seems fitting to attempt to raise funds for the charity in Hannah's memory in place of floral tributes. Every penny makes a difference. Thanking each and every one of you in advance.'
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Thai police say two Burmese men have admitted killing the pair and hundreds of people are expected to attend Miss Witheridge's funeral later this week at St Mary's Church, Hemsby.
Norfolk police will be in the village and a number of roads will be closed to allow the funeral procession, led by a horse-drawn hearse, to travel from the Witheridge family home to the church.
The convoy will travel from Parklands at 10.45am, along North Road and The Street to St Mary's for a service at 11am.
Roads will be closed from approximately 10.30am but will be open while the service takes place. They will be closed again after the funeral to allow the procession to return to Parklands.
North Road will be closed between the junctions of St Mary's Close and The Street; Kings Court (cul-de-sac) closed to traffic; The Street will be closed between the junctions with Kingsway and Pit Road (this closure will remain in place throughout the service and will not be lifted until after the private burial has taken place).
Members of the public who wish to attend the service are advised to park in Waters Lane, while disabled drivers can use the car park near to the cemetery bordered by The Street and
Hannah's family has asked that friends and non-invited guests make donations to the animal charity FAITH Animal Rescue instead of floral tributes.
The inquest has been adjourned to January 6, 2015.
Hannah Witheridge's family have asked for donations in her memory to be made to FAITH Animal Rescue.
To donate, visit: http://uk.virgin moneygiving.com/team/HannahWitheridge