A YOUNG WOMAN who lost her leg in the Alton Towers roller coaster crash has organised a coffee morning to help raise money for charities that are close to her heart.

Leah Washington, 22, was riding The Smiler roller coaster when it crashed into a stationary carriage in 2015. Leah was at the front of the roller coaster and her injuries resulted in the amputation of her left leg above the knee and she now wears a prosthetic.

Leah and her mum, Louise, now organise an annual coffee morning which helps to raise money for charities close to their heart.

“We want to give something back to local charities because we got so much support and kindness when Leah first had her accident,” said Louise, 53, from Limes Avenue, Gawber.

This year, the coffee morning will be raising money for the Limbo Foundation, which helps to provide 3D printed prosthetics to children in the design of their favourite superhero, and Arctic One which helps disabled people to get into sport.

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The coffee morning will take place tomorrow from 11am - 1pm at Summer Lane Primary School.