Sidmouth waitress’ bungee jump for late auntie

PUBLISHED: 16:08 29 December 2011

Charlie Strong, twenty, prepares for her forthcoming bungee Jump in memory of her auntie. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 0284-51-11AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Charlie Strong, twenty, prepares for her forthcoming bungee Jump in memory of her auntie. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 0284-51-11AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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A SIDMOUTH waitress will bungee jump for charity in memory of her late aunt.

Charlotte Strong, 20, and her family are facing their first Christmas without much-loved Chris Coppell, who died of cancer in July.

Charlotte, who works at the Filling Station, will take part in a bungee jump in April to raise cash for Hospiscare - and hopes the town will back her bid.

“I’m doing it because the hospice (in Exeter) is so great, and Chris wanted us to raise money for them,” said Charlotte, of Brook Street, Ottery St Mary.

“The staff are friendly, make you laugh, and are very caring.

“It’s a very hard time for families and they make you feel calmer, and help you appreciate the time you have left with your family.”

Charlotte said of her auntie, who lived in West Hill, : “She was one of those people who was excited about everything.”

Chris’ husband, Graham, is planning a sponsored cycle around Europe next year in aid of the cause.

Charlotte has raised £100 so far, and would welcome any help.

She plans to hold a fundraiser in memory of Chris every year, and is organising a skydive for the summer.

Hospiscare provides free support for people in Exeter and Mid and East Devon who are diagnosed with a terminal illness.

To boost Charlotte’s bid visit: www.justgiving.com/Chris-coppell.


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