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Long-distance run in memory of tragic student

18 Sep 2012

The tragic early death of a former student at the University of Manchester has inspired her family and friends to embark on a gruelling 180-mile fundraising run to help those suffering from devastating brain injuries.

Natalie Kate Moss

Natalie Kate Moss from Parbold in Lancashire studied Textile Design and Design Management at the University from 2004-2008, but died suddenly from a brain aneurism at the age of 26. She was working as a Brand Manager for Karen Millen at the time.

This Sunday (Sept 23), her brother Sebastian and family friend Ashley Collins will begin the long trek down to the capital to raise funds for a trust set up in Natalie’s name.

The family intends to use some of the proceeds to award two undergraduate scholarships to new students suffering from injuries brought on by stroke or brain injury.  

It is hoped the Natalie Kate Moss Scholarships will be awarded on an annual basis.  They also hope to be able to fund further research at Manchester into brain injuries.

Sebastian said: “Natalie touched so many people's lives with a personality that bubbled, a generosity second to none and kindness for all that were fortunate enough to spend time with her.  On 7 December she died at the age of 26, her death devastated her family and friends who could never have imagined such a tragedy could happen to someone in the prime of her life.”

Sebastian added: “The Trust will offer students who have suffered a brain injury financial support, providing them with the opportunity to complete a degree at the University.  Many people with such disabilities are unable to attend because they cannot afford the additional support they require due to their condition, anything from help taking notes to specialised accommodation.  The Natalie Kate Moss Trust looks to give people a chance to fulfil their potential.”

The University is currently undertaking groundbreaking research into the development of new treatments for Strokes, and the Trust will also provide financial backing to this research.

Sebastian and Ashley are running 180 miles from The University of Manchester to central London in a gruelling challenge, the equivalent of a marathon every day for one week.

Sebastian said: “The route from Manchester to London was chosen because that was the path that Natalie had taken just before she died. She went to The University of Manchester and then spent many happy years living in Manchester before moving down to London to progress her career.”

They will set off from the Old Quad at 11am on Sunday, and University staff have been given an open invitation to join Ash and Sebastian for the first mile along Oxford Road.