Tributes are pouring in for another NHS staffer who has sadly passed away during the coronavirus pandemic. Charlotte Cope, 23, died suddenly after she "carried the weight of the world on her small shoulders in silence for far too long", according to a friend who has set up a Go Fund Me page in her honour.
Connor Quinn, who worked alongside Charlotte and who set up the tribute, said of the loss, "Her heart warming nature could be felt by everyone in her presence to which she was completely oblivious, this made her all the more special.
I think I am speaking on behalf of all her friends and colleagues when I say we are heartbroken and devastated and we all miss and love you so much."
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Setting a target of £5,000 in Charlotte's memory, the page has already seen that figure surpassed and has raised over £13,000. The money will be used to help cover the costs of her funeral and go to her grieving family.
Heartbreakingly, Connor pointed out that the funeral will be sparsely attended due to the current social distancing measures in place. "I am asking colleagues, friends and the public to please try and give generously to help raise money to cover funeral costs and to support a grieving family through an extremely difficult time. Especially as we will be unable to attend due to the current pandemic."
A week ago, Charlotte posted a series of photos of her while working, including one in which she had a protective face mask on. The series was captioned: "Life sucks right now ey. I miss my family. I miss weightlifting/training, I miss the freedom."
"But I have to stay positive, dedicating all my time on the ambulance to help others in need at this time with my amazing colleagues. Stay safe everyone, please stay at home."
Our thoughts are with all of Charlotte's close friends and family at this tragic time.
To donate to the Go Fund Me page in Charlotte's memory, click here.
If you need support with mental health, you can call Samaritans free, any time from any phone, on 116 123, email email@example.com or go to www.samaritans.org to find details of your nearest branch.
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