We was recently presented a cheque for £500 from the Nottingham Panthers Supporters Club, who raised the money on away trips and raffles.


David Carnell, how presented the cheque to Rachel Blackman said:

"The charity is a close one to our family and we were very pleased when someone nominated the Fund, we raised money on trips and the people on the coaches were more than happy to donate"


We would like to thank everyone that helped raise this fantastic amount.



An award in memory of Charlotte was given out to the Highest Achieving Student on the Education Studies degree course at the University of Derby's graduation ceremony today (16 January 2014).


Lee Youens, the first recipient of the Charlotte Blackman Award, graduated from the course with First Class Honours


Charlotte's mum Rachel said it was a 'bitter-sweet' day for the family. “Charlotte would have loved this and we are delighted she is being remembered in this way but of course it evokes many memories.”

Vote for our fund! Lloyds Community Fund 2013

The Charlotte Blackman Memorial Fund was successfully shortlisted for the Lloyds Community Fund, and came third, receiving a cheque for £300.  Thank you for all your votes.


On 11 December, members of Charlotte's family visited the Christmas Panto in Derby with children from Bennerley Fields School.  The trip was all paid for and arranged by Zibrant, who raised money for the fund.  

Charlotte's parent's Kevin and Rachel donate the Charlotte Blackman Memorial Fund mini bus to Bennerley Hills School.



Memorial Bench and anniversary

Ripley and Heanor - 18 August 2013

Derby Telegraph - 14 August 2013

Dorset Echo - 13 August 2013

The Mirror - 14 August 2013


10k Memorial Run

BBC News - 26 April 2013

Derby Telegraph - 26 April 2013




Many thanks to Tara and Guy Tibbits for contacting us recently.  Serving British Soldier Guy came across one of the 22 balloons released back in September 2012 last month whilst on exercise in Bovington. Many thanks to them both for their kind donation, and for contacting us about it.

at the top of Snowdon


A massive well done to Stacey Cutler, Lindy Gray, Nicola Jacks and Rebecca Hissitt for climbing Snowdon on May 5, in memory of Charlotte, and raising £160 for the fund on the way.  Absolutely fantastic girls, and thank you to all who sponsored them.

FALLEN BUTTERFLY -  a dance choregraphed by Luke McCabe as a tribute to Charlotte.

The Derby 10k


Vickie Butler (sister of Charlotte's boyfriend Matt), together with friends Louise Walters and Phil Morley took part in the Derby 10k on Sunday 28 April in Charlotte's memory.  


This was the first race Vickie had ever taken part in, and all three finished in 56 minutes.  A massive thank you to everyone who came along and supported the runners on the day, and to all those who sponsored the trio.


Family issue statement following the inquest into Charlotte's death

Following the inquest on Tuesday 18 December 2012, into Charlotte's death, the family released the following statement:


"The tragic events of Tuesday 24 July 2012 will forever be etched in our minds.  In the weeks since Charlotte's death, we've had to try and cope and deal with the fact we've lost a daugther, sister, granddaughter, neice, girlfriend and true friend.


We will always treasure our memories of Charlotte, her passion to live life to the full, and her selfless nature.  Her name will live on in the memorial fund we have set up in her name which supports organisations and charities that work with autistic and vulnerable children.


We would like to thank everybody who has generously donated money towards the fund and thank them too for their continued support.


If anything can be taken from this tragedy, we hope that improved signage along the coastline is installed and raises awareness of how dangerous and unpredicatable the coastline is.


Finaly we would like to thank the police liaison officers for their continued support, together with family and friends who have helped us at this difficult time.


Thank you."

Balloon Release Update - 3 December 2012

Thank you to Richard Channell for contacting us.  He recently found one of the 22 balloons released in September, approximately 53 miles away in Lymington, Hampshire.

Bag Packing Day at Asda

Friends and family of Charlotte raised a massive £802.37 by helping people bag pack at Asda, Langley Mill.  Thank you to everyone for your support and kind donations.


We would lalso ike to thank Asda at Langley Mill for selecting us as one of three funds for the green token initiative for December.  Please show your support.

Balloon Release Update

We are happy to report that we received our first tag from one of the 22 balloons released on Saturday in Charlotte's memory.


Many thanks to Jane Thompson, who was playing golf at Broadstone Golf Club, near Poole (some 40 miles away from the release), and thank you for the kind donation to the fund.


If you have found one of the balloons, then please get in touch via email

Memorial Bench Unveiled

Family and Friends made an emotional return to Burton Bradstock and the Freshwater Holiday site on Saturday 22 September 2012 to unveil a bench left in her memory. The bench, positioned on the site overlooking the children’s play area and the sea will leave a lasting memory ofCharlotte.


Charlotte’s father, Kevin said "She's not down here with us anymore, but the bench is just to make people aware of where she was at the last point of her life. It's near the playground, because she loved children, so it would be nice if families came to sit here."

Charlotte’s boyfriends sister, Vickie, said she hoped the memorial would act as a warning. "It leaves a memory of her here and at least if the message gets out to even one person about the danger of the cliffs, it's a good thing. Charlotte was a beautiful, beautiful person inside and out. You met her once and you loved her."


Following the unveiling, twenty-two pink and purple balloons – one for each year of her life – were released with tags asking that anyone who finds them to contact us at