Published: 12:00, 15 December 2017
In June this year a young woman tragically lost her life when she was stabbed in a car park in Chatham.
She was just 23, studying at the University of Kent and was helping people with eating disorders by setting up a blog about wellbeing and health.
Her family and friend’s took their anger and grief and turned it into something positive to make sure her name and hard work carried on.
Amy Lee is a trustee of The Molly McLaren Foundation and has organised a number of events to help raise money and awareness of eating disorders.
Her hard work and dedication has been recognised in her recent nomination for a Pride in Medway award.
Gary Westell, 33, who lives in Nottinghamshire but is originally from Gillingham, is among those who have donated to the foundation and has now put Amy forward for the award.
He said: “I would like to nominate Amy Lee for her hard work and dedication and courage in such difficult times raising awareness and money for charity in honour of her best friend Molly McLaren.
“The money that is being raised is helping people with eating disorders. People who knew Molly will know she suffered from bulimia during her life. She raised awareness through her life through her blogs and social media.
“I feel absolutely overwhelmed by the amount of dedication time and effort Amy has put in to continue doing what was very close to Molly’s heart.”
Amy has set up the foundation with Molly’s parents, Doug and Jo, her brother Tom and family friend Theo who are all trustees.
In reaction to her nomination, Amy said: "That is absolutely incredible, I'm so honoured to have been nominated.
"Everything we have been able to achieve for the foundation would not have been possible without the support of all those who donated their time and money to Molly's life mission.
"The trustees and myself have made it our priority to continue Molly's journey to help others. We are extremely humbled by this nomination.
When setting up the foundation, Amy said they wanted to continue the great work Molly had already started.
She told the Messenger: "It was easy for us to be negative about what happened and focus on the bad things rather than the positives that we can achieve.
“She wanted to start something. She had a blog and wanted to raise awareness and because she can’t, we now have to. That’s what she would have wanted and it’s a great cause.”
It started with a JustGiving page and is now registered as a foundation and has raised £23,000 for charities which support people with eating disorders. For more information search for The Molly McLaren Foundation on Facebook.
You can nominate someone for a Pride of Medway award here.
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