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WATCH: Fairy walk keeps memory of Staffordshire woman killed by lorry driver alive

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Almost 150 friends and family members of a young woman killed by a lorry driver who was looking at explicit websites whilst driving took part in a charity walk in her memory.

Wearing pink tops and fairy wings, those close to 20-year-old Laura Thomas walked 5km around Cannock Chase in brilliant sunshine to raise money for three charities.

The teaching assistant died in July 2013 when her broken-down car was struck by a HGV driven by 44-year-old Ian Glover, of Birmingham.

Glover was looking at pictures of women on an explicit dating site while at the wheel.

Among those taking part were her parents David and Lisa Thomas, of Hunters Close, Great Haywood, who were delighted with the turn-out.

Mrs Thomas said: "The weather was beautiful and it was such an emotional sight seeing everyone in pink walking together.

Charity walkers on Cannock Chase

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"We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who came and supported the walk, helping to keep Laura's sparkle alive."

The walk was inspired by Miss Thomas' own good deeds, having done two charity walks when she was in the sixth form.

Debbie Bosworth and Erin Atkinson dressed up for the walk
Laura Thomas

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On Sunday, her family handed over £1,200 each to the Midlands Air Ambulance, Marshlands Special School, where Laura taught, and Riding for the Disabled in Ingestre where she volunteered. The cash was donated on behalf of the Little Laura charity set up in her name.

The fairy theme was chosen because Laura loved Tinker Bell, while the route started at Fairy Wood in Birches Valley, Rugeley.

The walk was launched last year and is one of the charity's annual fundraisers. A quiz night held towards the end of the year raised £1,500 for each of the causes and in January a further £1,000 was given to each charity.

Miss Thomas was standing behind a safety barrier on the A5 between Telford and Shrewsbury in Shropshire with her fiancé Lewis Anthony Pagett, 19, of Rugeley, when they were struck by their broken down car after it was hit by Glover.

Mr Pagett was also seriously injured.

Glover was jailed for five years.

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