A LIFELONG friend of a young woman who died of cancer at 25 has released a moving song in her memory.
Sarah Rutter, from Westbourne, died of cervical cancer just seven months after being diagnosed with the illness.
She loved adventure, travelled around Europe sailing and was in the last year of her degree course in animation at the University of Portsmouth when she died in June at The Rowans Hospice, Purbrook.
Sophie Butler, a 26-year-old archaeology student, wrote A Song for Sarah, which she performed at her funeral and will perform again today at the hospice which gave her friend such peace in her final days. She said: ‘Sarah was my oldest friend, we’d known each other since we were just three years old. She was an unbelievably positive person, always so sunny, and brilliant fun. As teenagers we spent the long summers getting into all sorts of scrapes together.
‘The way she dealt with her illness was inspirational and she always had the attitude that she would get better.
‘It was tough knowing what to do after she died and I wrote the song as a way of dealing with my grief.’
Sarah’s 52-year-old mother Susan, from Westbourne, said she was touched when Sophie said she would be releasing the song to raise money for The Rowans and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.
Mrs Rutter said: ‘Losing Sarah happened very quickly and came as a huge shock to us.
‘But fundraising has been healing for me. That’s not to say I don’t have a little cry every day, even eight months down the line.
‘I can’t speak highly enough of the staff at The Rowans. It’s like being part of one big family, they are incredible. The compassion and care she received was amazing.
‘I’ve known Sophie since she was tiny and I was moved when she said she’d written A Song for Sarah.’
Sarah was awarded her degree posthumously and it was collected by her 19-year-old sister Lucy. A new technology suite at the university is to be named Pixie – Sarah’s nickname.
To buy a copy of A Song for Sarah go to justgiving.com/pixie-rutter and leave your email address along with a donation. To listen to the song go to youtube.com and search ‘song for sarah rutter’