Award set to honour Heanor landslide victim


Tragic graduate Charlotte Blackman is set to be honoured through a new award at the University of Derby where she studied.

The talented Heanor student was killed in a freak landslide in Dorset back in July 2012 having only just completed a three year BA (hons) in education studies.

Last January her parents, Rachel and Kevin, attended a graduation ceremony on her behalf to collect the first class award she was due to receive.

But this year they will attend as guests - to see the top performing education student handed the Charlotte Blackman award in tribute to the high-achiever, who lost her life aged just 22.

Mum Rachel said: “It was something Charlotte’s uni’ friends had asked their course leaders if they could do.

“It will be such a nice thing to have in her memory - it’s an honour really.”

And Rachel, 46, of Mansfield Road, added: “I think Charlotte would have been really pleased.”

The university - this week rocked by another tragedy after a video games design student Christopher Bergeron died falling from a campus building at its Kedelston Road site - is set to present the award at Derby’s Assembly Rooms on either January 15, 16, or 17.

Head of the education school at Derby Lyn Senior, said: “The team wanted to run this award in memory of Charlotte.

“She was a fantastic student and we wanted to honour her and her achievement.”

The Blackman family, who set up the Charlotte Blackman Memorial Fund in her honour were boosted by Langley Mill company 3663 this week, which has chosen to support the charity with fundraising throughout 2014.

So far the fund has seen a minibus donated to Bennerley Fields School in Ilkeston and £1,000 given to the Derbyshire Autism Services Group, where caring Charlotte volunteered.

Next year Rachel says the fund will go towards helping provide support dogs for autistic children through 2014 - and will be assisted by her Mizz Roche’s efforts. Mizz, 44, of Loscoe-Denby Lane, Loscoe, is due +to run the London Marathon in April.