Abby Webb was planning a Bollywood-themed bash to mark her 25th birthday, but a rare lung cancer took her before the milestone.

Abby, of Bierton, and a former Aylesbury High School pupil, passed away in December – six months after diagnosis.

Her funeral, on what would have been her 25th birthday, was at Stowe School, where Abby attended sixth form.

Abby, who played for Buckingham Ladies’ Hockey Club, which included an England U16 call-up, was supported by Penny Brohn UK.

The UK’s leading holistic cancer charity helped her retain her smile even during the darkest times.

Guests at the Bollywood Ball

Abby had said: "I cannot tell you what an incredible place it is, and the free courses I've been on and people I've met make it truly inspiring.

"The impact it has on people going through this life-changing journey is phenomenal.

"How it helps people take back control of health, wellbeing and their lives is just incredible, particularly when they’ve been in such a dark place, with no hope and light."

Abby's wish was for everyone to fundraise for Penny Brohn UK in her memory.

Friend of 15 years, Becky George, co-organised a Bollywood Ball in Abby's memory – raising £15,000 – at her parents’ home in Cublington on Saturday July 2.

Comedian, broadcaster and writer Hardeep Singh Kohli with ball organiser Becky George

Penny Brohn receives £11,250 whilst Cublington Cricket Club gets £3,750.

Becky, 29, of Winslow, said: "Abby had arranged a Bollywood 25th birthday, but sadly she had to cancel because she was too ill. Tragically, she then passed away before being able to celebrate her 25th.

"I thought it was only fitting to host a Bollywood-themed ball to remember her and unite everyone for Penny Brohn.

"Everyone enjoyed the evening and we're overjoyed with the amount raised to help others."

More than 200 people enjoyed comedian, broadcaster and writer Hardeep Singh Kohli; Bollywood Belles dancers, magician Neil Henry, fire performer Rae Lloyd and DJ Biff Roxby as well as a three-course Indian-inspired meal, auctions and raffle.

Abby Webb

Penny Brohn UK spokeswoman Emma Smith said: "We were devastated to hear about Abby’s passing – our thoughts remain with her family and friends.

"It's wonderful to hear that Becky and family hosted the ball to remember her and raise vital funds for us."

The charity focuses on areas such as diet, exercise and managing stress, through free courses, one-to-one therapies, groups, a treatment support clinic and national helpline.

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