Family of landslide victim fundraise to cope with their grief

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The family of holiday landslide victim Charlotte Blackman are to take part in a series of fundraisers in her memory.

Coach driver Kevin Blackman, 45, lost 22-year-old Charlotte – who volunteered at Horsley Woodhouse Primary School – in a freak landslide accident when coastal rocks fell on her on a beach during a family holiday in Dorset.

Since the tragic July day, the family has raised more than £2,600 for The Charlotte Blackman Memorial Fund, which they set up to provide help to local autism services and vulnerable children.

And in May, Kevin says he will complete a skydive for the cause .

He said: “I’m scared of heights but I will go back to what happened on that beach that day.

“That will be the inspiration I need to push me out of the aeroplane door.”

The Blackmans are inviting people to a fun day on Friday, November 4, at Heanor Miners’ Welfare to raise money.Kevin said the family’s fundraising efforts have helped them cope with their grief.

He said: “It’s this stuff that keeps us going . There is still a lot of hurt, but we are trying to think positively and think what she would want us to do.”

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