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Surrey centre opens in teenager Stephanie Marks' memory

From left to right: Charlotte Marks, Andrew Marks, Victoria Marks, Sir Ian Botham, Chris Marks, Sue Marks
The Marks family has helped raise £1m to build the centre

A father whose daughter died from diabetic complications has paid tribute to her at the opening of a £1m health centre in her memory.

Chris Marks said 17-year-old Stephanie was a "beautiful, talented, courageous girl whose dream to become a doctor was cut short" when she died in 2002.

Mr Marks was speaking at the opening of the Stephanie Marks Diabetes Resource Centre in Chertsey.

The centre, based at St Peter's Hospital, was opened by Sir Ian Botham.

Sir Ian is a patron of the appeal which raised more than £1m for the centre.

His daughter, Becky, has brittle diabetes, the most aggressive form of the disease.

'Deep sadness'

He said: "I am really proud to be a small part of this - what a tremendous achievement, and what a great and fitting way to remember Stephanie."

Mr Marks added: "Our deep sadness is not diminished by the passage of the years but today is about moving forward and improving standards for people with diabetes in our community."

The building will offer out-patient treatment, education for patients and clinicians and medical research.

It will serve about 450,000 residents in Elmbridge, Hounslow, Runnymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Health and Woking.



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