Workers’ tribute to landslide victim

NRHN 31-07-12 BE 3 Tributes and flowers left for Charlotte Blackman at Horsley woodhouse primary school.
NRHN 31-07-12 BE 3 Tributes and flowers left for Charlotte Blackman at Horsley woodhouse primary school.

CHARITY workers have paid tribute to a Derbyshire woman who died in a horrifying beach landslide.

Charlotte Blackman, 22, of Heanor, died after a 160ft-high cliff collapsed – burying her under 400 tonnes of rock – at the seaside resort of Burton Bradstock, Dorset, last month.

Charlotte, who was strolling the beach with her boyfriend and dad when the massive landslide happened, volunteered at the Ripley-based Derbyshire Autism Services Group (DASG) for three years.

Margaret Reeve, autism services manager at DASG, said: “Charlotte was one of the best team members.

“She was compassionate, dedicated and loyal to the organisation and always willing to help others.

“We will miss her greatly and our thoughts are with her family and wide circle of friends at this sad time,” she added.

Charlotte’s body was found after a frantic nine-hour search.

Her boyfriend and dad survived the tragedy.

Emergency workers said the landslide was caused by a number of factors, including wet weather.