Award in memory of Charlotte

The first national award in memory of a Sheppey youngster who died while on a school tip in 2002 is to be awarded this Saturday.

The Charlotte Wright Child of Kindness Award was created by the RSPCA at the request of Charlotte’s godmother and animal rights campaigner Angela Walder, of Oak Lane, Minster.

Charlotte’s mother, Karen Williams, who is a veterinary nurse at Flowers Surgery in Sheerness, will be attending the ceremony at Kensington Town Hall, along with other family members.

She said: “Charlotte loved animals, from the ugliest pigeon to the prettiest fox, and she was a vegetarian like me. She was a kind and caring child, and I think it is wonderful that she has been recognised in this way; it’s a great honour.”

Adventure Holiday

Charlotte was just eight years old when she collapsed and died from sudden heart failure as she scaled a tree on a school adventure holiday.

Prior to her death, Charlotte had been fit and lively and had no history of problems.

The cause of death was recorded as natural causes after forensic pathologist Dr Besna Djurovic told an inquest that Charlotte had died from acute cardiac failure. However, no abnormalities were found in her heart.

A fund-raising event in memory of Charlotte is also due to be held on Sunday, July 4, at the Blacksmith Arms in Clyde Street, Sheerness.

Events will include a pool competition, a men’s wet T-shirt competition, barbecue, face painting for children, live music and a raffle.

All proceeds will be donated to Demelza House Children’s Hospice, Preston Skreens and Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).