Eight-year-old will not forget kindness from tragic Charlotte Blackman
A YOUNGSTER with autism who was touched by the kindness of tragic Charlotte Blackman visits her grave to ensure he does not forget her.
Charlotte, of Heanor, was killed in a landslide in Dorset last year. She looked after Caleb Baldwin as part of Derbyshire Autism Services Group's befriending scheme.
His mum, Kerry, said the 22-year-old's help had been invaluable and her death had hit the family hard.
The 31-year-old said: "Charlotte really loved Caleb, she spoke about him a lot to her family and friends. I don't want him to forget her so we still visit her grave."
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Kerry said Caleb had struggled to understand Charlotte's death and that it had also affected her quite badly.
"I had only known her for a year but when Charlotte died it really felt like losing a family member," she said.
"It's because she was just so lovely. The way it happened was just awful. I'd never had to deal with grief like that before."
Eight-year-old Caleb, of Burns Street, Heanor, has severe autism and needs to be watched 24 hours a day. He is still in nappies and has just started to speak.
Kerry said Caleb would look forward to being visited by Charlotte, who wanted to be a special-needs teacher and who received first-class honours in her education studies degree from the University of Derby.
Kerry said: "As soon as we met Charlotte for the first time, she was just so good with Caleb we knew we could trust her with him. We had no worries about leaving him with her.
"Caleb loves buses and Charlotte would take him on bus rides or play with him on his PlayStation."
"He would really look forward to Charlotte coming over. She was incredibly natural with him.
According to Mrs Baldwin, Charlotte's help was invaluable. She said: "We could escape for a couple of hours when Charlotte was looking after Caleb.
"We could go out for tea and spend some time with our eldest son.
"It was also really nice for Caleb to see a new face it was good for him to have a visitor and do something with Charlotte. We all miss her."