Friends of tragic teenager Stella Kambi, who drowned near Norwich, raise money to boost firefighters
- Credit: Norfolk County Council
Friends of a teenager who drowned while trying to save her cousin have raised money in her memory to boost firefighters and lifeboat services.
City College Norwich student Milly Folkard, 19, and her friend Charlotte Robinson went to Thorpe St Andrew High School with Stella Kambi.
Stella, 17, died at Thorpe Marshes in 2015 after she dived in to save her 14-year-old cousin Bonheur Musungay, who had got into trouble while swimming.
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service's crew at Sprowston battled to save the teenagers, but the pair did not survive.
Stella had been studying childcare at City College Norwich when she died and her former school friends spent 18 months raising money in her memory.
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Miss Folkard recently presented the money she and Miss Robinson had raised to firefighters on Green Watch at Sprowston Fire Station.
A contribution of £200 has gone to the Fire Fighters Charity and £100 to Hemsby Lifeboat.
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Garry Collins, head of fire prevention and protection at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, thanked the pair for their fundraising efforts.
He said: 'Sadly there are times when fire service staff need help to recover from injury, illness or poor health.
'Our Fire Fighters Charity facilities help us in such times offering rest, recuperations and recovery to support getting back to full recovery and back at work.
'It is such a valuable service and dependent on kind fundraising activities of this nature. We feel very honoured to accept this gift from Milly and Charlotte. It goes a long way to help our charity and the recovery of our staff to get back on the front line as quickly as possible.'
There was an outpouring of public support for the families of the teenagers following their deaths. A local solictor helped raise around £1,000, while others donated money to help with funeral costs.
Following their deaths, public access to the submerged gravel pit at Thorpe Marshes was blocked off by Norfolk Wildlife trust.
A five-metre section of fencing was put in place to prevent people from swimming at the pit during the warmer weather.
With hot weather this week, Norfolk Fire and Rescue services urged people to swim in swimming pools or in other places with lifeguards on duty.