A fund set up by the parents of tragic Charlotte Blackman swelled by £2,000 this week after hundreds attended a fun day in her honour.
Charitable Charlotte was killed by a freak landslide on a Dorset beach in July, but since then her parents Kevin and Rachel, of Mansfield Road, Heanor, have been tirelessly fundraising.
The Charlotte Blackman Memorial Fund now stands at £5,000 they say - and will be used to take autistic children and their families on much needed holidays.
Its new total comes after an event at Heanor Miners Welfare on Sunday saw more than 400 guests take part in a day of activities - from live music to raffles and a blind auction with top prizes.
Mum Rachel, 44, said: “It was a really good day and lots of people came.
“It’s really nice to think that Charlotte’s had quite an effect on people around here.
“A lot of the children came from Horsley Woodhouse Primary School. She was only there for six weeks but it shows what effect she had.”
The fund aims to honour Charlotte’s commitment to helping youngsters with autism during her life. She was training to be a teacher when she was killed.
Mum Rachel thanked the firms that donated top raffle prizes on the day. Winners took away £50 of concert vouchers, a Jane Shilton handbag and a tour of Championship club Leicester City’s football ground.
A silent auction saw £150 paid by a bidder for two Monarch flights to a destination of their choice within Europe.
The family are now preparing to hold a music concert on January 20, to mark what would have been Charlotte’s 23rd birthday.