Friends quit smoking in memory of Katie Clutterbuck
FRIENDS of crash victim Katie Clutterbuck are using her tragic loss as inspiration to quit smoking and raise thousands for charity in her name.
Katie, from Longlevens, died last month when she was involved in a collision outside the Moon Under Water pub in Cheltenham.
Her friends and family paid tribute to the teenager by wearing pink to her funeral.
Now her work colleagues at Endsleigh Insurance want to make their own mark of respect to their much loved friend.
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Leanne Davies, 28, Ellie Finch, 21, and Lauren Martlock, 21, all worked with Katie at the business in Shurdington.
They have each vowed to give up cigarettes for a month and get sponsored for their efforts.
Although Leanne knew Katie for just 18 months, the happy teenager left a lasting impression. "Katie was such a bubbly girl and she was so full of fun," she said.
"All her friends were just so shocked by what happened. We are all smokers and wanted to do something that was a challenge for us to honour her name.
"The Stoptober campaign seemed to be a good opportunity for that. It is tough going but we are coping well.
"It is hard, but nothing compared to what Katie's family have been going through. We all feel for them so much.
"They know we are doing this for Katie, I think they are proud."
So far, the trio have raised almost £2,000 through their efforts to quit smoking, with the money going towards the Headway Bristol Brain Injury Association Limited, the chosen charity of the Clutterbuck family.
Headway Bristol is a charity based at Frenchay Hospital, a major trauma unit for the South West, providing support services and information to anyone affected by brain injury.
Services there include a day centre, community support and outreach, support and services for families and carers.
To donate visit Donate4Katie or support the event at justgiving. com/Stop4Katie.
At her funeral last month, her mum Karen and dad Kevin said: "Thank you for giving us 19 years of happiness and joy. You are our beautiful angel and will never be replaced.
"We love and miss you very much."