Raising funds in memory of a colleague and friend
Sarah Banner joined Roythornes as a partner in November 2015, in our Private Client department and immediately made a great impact on our business, delighting all those she worked alongside with her jovial approach and sense of humour.
For a number of years, she had had various treatments to combat an aggressive form of malignant melanoma (skin cancer). As she put it herself, she felt she had been incredibly lucky to have dodged many bullets since her first diagnosis in 2014. So when she received the devastating news in January 2019 that her disease had again spread, it came as a shock to her, and indeed to us all, particularly as early feedback was that she had been responding well to treatment and the outlook was positive.
Despite ceasing work at that time, her positivity and resilience continued to confound consultants and colleagues alike, and it kept all our hopes alive that she would be able to pull through. In the latter part of 2019, however, she had a further setback and her condition deteriorated. She passed away peacefully with her husband at her bedside, on Sunday, 19 January 2020.
We will all remember Sarah’s liveliness and exuberance. Whilst her death is incredibly sad and difficult for the team here at Roythornes to come to terms with, she would be the first to tick any of us off if she felt we were not appreciating all that is positive, embracing opportunities as they arise and living life to the full.
It has been difficult with the COVID-19 pandemic to always do this recently, however, having a goal to inspire us to get moving and raise money for a great cause will hopefully help in these difficult circumstances. We will all do our best to make her proud.
Sarah passed away at Sue Ryder Hospice, Peterborough, aged just 40.
Sue Ryder supports people through the most difficult times of their lives. Whether that’s a terminal illness, the loss of a loved one or a neurological condition – they’re there when it matters. Their doctors, nurses and carers give people the compassion and expert care they need to help them live the best life they possibly can.
We are delighted to be able to assist with fundraising so that they can continue to care for others and their families.
Our staff have embraced the challenge of fundraising and have set a variety of ambitious targets to culminate on 22 July (Sarah’s birthday) - whether it’s aiming to walk a number of miles, bike rides or by running 4 miles every 4 hours for 48 hours(!).
If you would like to help us remember Sarah, you can donate via our Just Giving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/roythornes-solicitors