Memorial minibus for Charlotte Blackman within reach as fund reaches £10,000
A FUND set up in the name of landslide victim Charlotte Blackman has raised £10,000 so far.
The Charlotte Blackman Memorial Fund was set up – with the slogan "life is too short to be anything but happy" – to support children with autism.
The money will be used to buy a second-hand 15-seater Ford Transit minibus to take families with autistic and vulnerable children on day-trips and holidays.
Charlotte was a long-standing volunteer with Derbyshire Autism Services Group and her mother, Rachel, said there was no better way to honour her memory.
Mrs Blackman said: "It's brilliant, it's a really positive way of moving forward.
"It's been hard lately with Charlotte's birthday in February and her graduation earlier in the year.
"But I know she'd be really pleased that we're all doing something positive. She would be so chuffed."
Charlotte, from Heanor, died aged 22 when a cliff collapsed on top of her in July while she was on holiday in Dorset with her family and her boyfriend, Matt Carnell.
Charlotte's father, Kevin, was also badly injured.
At the time of her death, she had just achieved first-class honours in an education studies degree at the University of Derby.
In the wake of the tragedy, Charlotte's friends and family pulled together to raise money for a cause that was very close to the her heart.
Mr Carnell and his work colleagues stripped off for a nude calendar early this year to raise money for the fund and a charity gig was held on what would have been Charlotte's 23rd birthday.
Mrs Blackman, of Mansfield Road, Heanor, has organised bag packings at local supermarkets and fun days to raise money for the cause.
And four of Charlotte's friends are walking up Mount Snowdon to raise money for the fund.
Mrs Blackman said: "It's not good sitting around and getting yourself all depressed.
"It's easy to sit at home feeling sorry for yourself. This is our way of coping."