Joanna celebrated ten years after death

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The friends and family of a woman who was killed while travelling in Malaysia will come together to raise money in her memory tomorrow.

Joanna Stillwell, of Guiseley, died at the age of 23 when she was hit by a speedboat while snorkelling off the Malaysian Island of Redang.

Geography graduate Miss Stillwell had been coming to the end of a year of travelling and had met her family on the island when the accident happened.

Tomorrow night her life will be celebrated by friends and family at a charity fundraising event at Coopers in Guiseley from 7pm. The event, which will have a Halloween theme, is open to the public and has been supported by venues and companies in Leeds including Belgrave Music Hall, Outlaws Yacht Club and events PR company I Like Press, who have all donated prizes for the evening.

Funds will be raised for Exceed Worldwide – which helps provides prosthetics and training to disabled youngsters in Asia – and the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Event organiser Victoria Green, 33, who went to Guiseley School with Joanna, said: “It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since Jo died. She was a happy, vibrant person who is still very much missed whenever we all get together to celebrate birthdays and weddings and other big moments in our lives. I know Jo would have been so pleased to know we have all remained close over the past decade and this is a lovely way to celebrate her memory, by raising money to help causes she would have believed in.”

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