Tyne & Wear

Emma Newton Fund set up in memory of tree fall student

Scene of tree death in Corbridge
Image caption The area was being hit by 80mph winds at the time of Emma's death

A performing arts fund has been set up in memory of a young student who died when a tree fell on her car in high winds in Northumberland.

Emma Newton of Hexham, died at the scene of the accident in Corchester Lane, Corbridge, on 23 May.

The 18-year-old was a keen dancer and in her last year at Queen Elizabeth High School, in Hexham.

Her parents Robbie and Peggy have set up the Emma Newton Fund in her memory to help students.

A funeral service was held at Hexham Abbey on Friday.

The area was being battered by 80mph winds at the time of Miss Newton's death.

Family friend Michael Heppell said the family wanted to set up the fund as a permanent memorial to Emma.

'Absolutely shine'

He said: "Emma had so many wonderful friends and a very close family and I think the whole of the community has been shocked about what has happened.

"The Emma Newton Fund will give out grants in Emma's name to help young people who are involved with the arts.

"Already several thousand pounds has been put into the fund and we are sure it is going to help many young people fulfil their dreams.

"Emma was the most incredible character, she would walk into a room always wearing bright clothes, bright red lipstick and she would make the place absolutely shine."

Neil Morrison, head teacher at the school, said Emma was a popular and outgoing student and would be greatly missed.

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