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Lauren Heath crash death: Fundraiser for baby daughter

Millie and Lauren Heath Image copyright Natasha Turner
Image caption Lauren Heath was struck by a lorry after pushing her daughter Millie's pram to safety

The family of a mother who died saving her baby from being hit by a lorry have hosted a fundraising event to give her daughter "the life she deserves".

Lauren Heath, 20, was struck after pushing her daughter's pram out of harm's way on Basingstoke Road in Reading in April.

One-year-old Millie - who sustained minor head injuries in the crash - is now being cared for by Lauren's family.

Cousin Amy Lane said they hoped to "make Lauren proud".

Image caption Stalls were set up at the Rivermoor Stadium as part of the fundraising efforts
Image caption Lauren's cousins Gemma Heath and Amy Lane keep an eye on Millie during the fundraising event
Image caption One-year-old Millie is pictured with the teams who took part in a football match as part of the fundraising event

The event at Reading's Rivermoor Stadium included football matches, a raffle and stalls.

Ms Lane said: "This is all so that we can give Millie the future she deserves and make Lauren and the family proud.

"It's been extremely hard, there's not a day gone by when Lauren is not mentioned. She's a hero, and we're so proud of her.

"We want to give Millie the best start in life. It's going to go into a trust fund and when she's old enough it'll be there for her to use."

An online fundraising page to pay for funeral arrangements and support the trust fund for Millie has raised almost £23,000.

An inquest into Lauren's death is due to take place on 31 August.

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