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Funeral of north Wales teen Charlotte Speddy to be held

Charlotte Speddy died on August 18th.

The funeral of a north Wales teen who died 15 years after receiving pioneering surgery in America will take place in Bethesda later.

Charlotte Speddy was born with a rare spinal and rib defect which stopped her lungs growing properly. Friends and family came together to raise more than £100,000 for her to travel to America for life-changing treatment.

Her grandfather Bill said she was "brilliant, she never complained."

Charlotte died on August 18th after being taken into hospital with breathing difficulties. A family service will be held at her home before a horse-drawn carriage procession through the town to Glanogwen Church.

Family pay tribute to 'brave' Charlotte Speddy

Tributes have been paid to a North Wales teenager who has died 15 years after receiving pioneering treatment in America for a life saving operation-following a major fundraising campaign by friends and family.

Charlotte with her grandfather Bill and twin brother Tom Credit: Bill Speddy

Charlotte Speddy, from Bethesda, was taken into hospital with breathing difficulties at the weekend but passed away yesterday. She was 17. Watch Ian Lang's report:

She had spent much of her life receiving treatment after being born with a rare spinal and rib defect which stopped her lungs growing properly.

Her life saving treatment was made possible after a major fundraising campaign, with friends and neighbours rallying to the cause. It raised more than £100,000.

Her grandfather Bill described her as "brilliant, she never complained".

ITV Wales reporter Ian Lang covered the story at the time and has remained friends with the family:

Charlotte was a very special person, very brave with a lovely personality. She had a loving family around her and I know they are all utterly devastated.

– Ian Lang, ITV Wales reporter


Longest and fastest zip wire in the UK

Riders will 'fly' over the disused slate quarry Credit: Zip World
Riders can reach speeds of up to 95 mph Credit: Zip World

The media are being given a preview of the largest zip wire in the northern hemisphere which will open to the public this weekend. The new attraction is at the disused Penrhyn quarry near Bethesda in north Wales.

Local tourist bosses hope Zip World will provide a boost for the area, which already markets itself as an outdoor adventure destination.