A ‘much loved’ and dedicated young paramedic died at home after working on the frontline for the NHS.
Charlotte Cope, 23, treated patients in ambulances on the way to hospital after qualifying for the job two years ago. After finishing a shift the medic died on Monday at her home in Gelli, Rhondda, South Wales after emergency services rushed to her address following a 999 call.
Just days before she posted on social media, saying: ‘Life sucks right now ey. I miss my family. I miss weightlifting/training, I miss the freedom. But 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.
Friend and co-worker Connor Quinn said: ‘A very promising and proud South Wales paramedic adored by all who knew her, she had carried the weight of the world on her small shoulders in silence for far too long.
‘Her heartwarming 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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‘To her she was just another ordinary girl, but to us she was that one little bit of happiness and cheer we are often looking for within the ambulance service especially at these unpredictable times.’
Connor has raised more than £10,000 in a fundraising page to help with funeral costs and support Charlotte’s family, ‘especially as we will be unable to attend due to the current pandemic’.
He added: ‘I understand these are financially hard times and there are lots of other fundraisers currently running, but even the smallest of donation will be appreciated.’
Welsh Ambulance Service chief executive Jason Killens said: ‘It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm the sudden death of one of our paramedics on Monday evening (April, 13, 2020).
‘Charlotte Cope, who was based in Gelli, Rhondda Cynon Taf, was a much-loved member of the Welsh Ambulance Service family having joined the organisation in 2018 after qualifying as a paramedic.
‘We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Charlotte’s family, who we are supporting through this difficult time.
‘Support arrangements are also being made for Charlotte’s colleagues across our organisation.
‘I would ask that we give regard to the wish of Charlotte’s family at this very sad and difficult time and respect their privacy.’
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