THE legacy of an artistic teenager is still being felt 10 years since her death.

Emma Newton, a keen dancer, was just 18 when a tree fell on to her car and killed her on May 23, 2011.

On the 10th anniversary of the popular teen’s death, it has been revealed that a foundation in her name has supported many young people aspiring for a career in the arts with grants totalling more than £46,000 handed out.

The Emma Newton Fund, set up by the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, has benefitted scores of people.

Emma’s parents Robbie and Peggy Newton said: “The fund at the Community Foundation has really helped us over the last 10 years.

“We know Emma would have been thrilled to see the impact it has made.

“She was a very caring person and always gave her time to others, often teaching friends how to dance after school.

“It is fitting that the fund is providing opportunities to other young people who, like Emma, love performing.

“We would like to thank the people of Hexham, the North-East, and all around the world, who have supported the fund since the beginning and helped us make a lasting impact on so many young people’s lives.”

Emma was a keen performer and the fund reflects her passion for the arts, by allowing other young people to follow their dreams. The Fund has made 72 grants during a decade of giving, totalling £46,134.

The most recent grant awarded by the Emma Newton Fund was to the Queens Hall Arts in Hexham, to support a range of projects using performing arts to help address mental health issues in young people.

Susan Priestly, engagement and development officer at Queen’s Hall Arts, said: “We are delighted to have received funding through the Emma Newton Fund for our creative work with young people. The money will enable us to re-start work with our regular groups, including Queen’s Hall Youth Theatre, The Projectors (our youth theatre for young people with autism) and Youth Folk Bands.”