Father’s free-fall for Charlotte fund

NRHN 10-10-12 BE 22 Aldercar school cheque presentation to the Charlotte Blackman memorial fund. Oliver Pease, Mikey Bolstock, Alisha Purdy, Rachel Blackman, Tony Cooper, Kevin Blackman, Mitchell Blackman, Jack Faghy, Chriss Barton.
NRHN 10-10-12 BE 22 Aldercar school cheque presentation to the Charlotte Blackman memorial fund. Oliver Pease, Mikey Bolstock, Alisha Purdy, Rachel Blackman, Tony Cooper, Kevin Blackman, Mitchell Blackman, Jack Faghy, Chriss Barton.
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The father of Charlotte Blackman says he will attempt to overcome his fear of heights in one of a series of fundraising events planned in memory of his beloved daughter.

Coach driver Kevin Blackman, 45, lost 22-year-old Charlotte to a freak a landslide while the family were on holiday in Dorset.

But 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, pictured here receiving a cheque for £650 from Aldercar Comumnity and Language College following a pink and purple themed non-uniform day last month, are inviting people to a fun day on Friday, November 4, to raise money for the fund.

The event at Heanor Miners’ Welfare is to feature 15 stalls, children’s entertainers, a bouncy castle, a penalty shoot out and a raffle - with a top prize of a flights to Tenerife.

Kevin, who works for National Express, 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.”

Caring Charlotte had just received first class honours in her education degree at Derby University when she was killed .

Her mother Rachel, 44, says she was on course to fulfil her ambition of being a teacher and was due to undertake a work placement in a school this week.

Rachel, who works at Your Drive on Heanor Gate Industrial Estate, thanked all those who have donated to the fund so far.

She said: “It just shows what impact she made in such a short space of time.”

The Blackmans say they are unsure how best to spend the money, although they intend to give some to Derbyshire Autism Services Group, where Charlotte volunteered. Some of the money could be used to take vulnerable children in the area on holidays, Kevin says.

To donate to the Charlotte Blackman Memorial Fund, head to www.charlotteblackmanmemorialfund.co.uk.