My niece, Maddy Lawrence, sadly passed away in March, aged just 20, after suffering from a rugby injury, whilst playing for UWE, her university rugby team. Despite a courageous fight in hospital, Maddy tragically died of sepsis, two weeks after her injury. She was bright, loving and sporty, described by friends as a shining light in their lives. She was certainly a shining light in our close and small family and her passing has left a gap that can never be filled.

In this extraordinarily difficult time, we take comfort in all the good that Maddy had done in her short life and the many people who were touched by her kindness, generosity and love. It is our dearest wish to continue Maddy’s legacy by forging ahead with the charity we have set up in her name, Maddy’s Mark, which supports the two causes she held closest to her heart, women’s rugby and mental health therein.