MORE than £44,000 has been raised in memory of the daughter of former Uttoxeter MP Sir Ivan Lawrence QC.
Rachel Lawrence was just 45 when she died last year of cystic fibrosis, a condition she battled from birth.
The successful barrister had become engaged to her fiance just hours before she collapsed, last August. She died four weeks later.
But something positive has come from her tragic death, as family, friends and supporters have raised thousands of pounds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust in her name.
One recent event, which took place in London, raised £22,000.
Sir Ivan told the Post and Times: "It was attended by about 160 people, with lawyers and friends of Rachel who had made the journey from Burton.
"The Cystic Fibrosis Trust was delighted that so much money was raised for the cause.
"My wife Gloria and I were delighted and proud to see so many of Rachel's friends and fellow lawyers, who obviously thought the world of her."
The remaining money has been raised through collections at Miss Lawrence's funeral and memorial service, and through donations on social media and through other channels.
Sir Ivan, who represented Burton between 1974 and 1997, said he and his wife were delighted with the amount which had been raised.
Cystic Fibrosis is a condition which affects around 10,000 people in the UK. It is caused by a faulty gene which causes a build up of mucus in the body.
Sufferers, like Miss Lawrence, must undergo hours of daily physiotherapy to dislodge the thick mucus which fills up the lungs and clogs up the stomach, as well as taking dozens of tablets every day.
More information about cystic fibrosis is available online at the Cystic Fibrosis Trust's website, which can be accessed at www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk