FRIENDS and family of much-loved hairdresser Laura Smith are today thanking the people of Scarborough for their support – on the anniversary of the tragedy.
And the trust fund set up to take care of her young daughter has provided around £24,000 in just 12 months.
Organisers of the Olivia Smith Trust Fund said they have been overwhelmed.
Helena Scott, one of the fund’s trustees and Laura’s former employer, said donations continue to roll in and every week there was something to add to the total.
She said: “People have been so supportive to Trish and Colin, Laura’s parents, and everybody who comes in genuinely wants to know how they are.
“The people of Scarborough have been amazing, and we try to think of different ways to raise money all the time.”
At Hair By Helena in Westborough, Helena said: “It all goes to the fund.
“People still give to Laura’s old tip box – at the end of the week there can be £20 in it for the fund.”
A special fund-raising garden party has been arranged at Killerby Glass Centre in Cayton next Saturday, with all proceeds being donated to the trust fund.
It has been organised by 11-year-old Eleanor Wood, with the help of her parents, who was one of Laura’s customers – she organised a charity car wash and raised around £1,200 for the cause.
Laura was found unconscious on the morning of Sunday July 11 last year after an incident at her home in Southwold Rise in Eastfield – the 29-year-old sadly died in hospital on the following day.
Her ex-partner was convicted of her murder and sentenced to life in prison at Leeds Crown Court earlier this year.
Helena said she fondly remembered. She said: “She was so funny. Some clients come in and they are quiet. I know what they are going through, what they are thinking and feeling.”