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Charlotte Cope Biography
Who was Charlotte Cope ?
A ‘much loved’ paramedic who had ‘everything to live for’ took her own life during confinement after being ‘pushed to the limit’ by a Facebook post that embarrassed her for littering, according to an investigation.
Charlotte Cope was found dead by her mother in a bedroom of the family home in Rhondda Cynon Taf, South Wales, on April 13 last year.
How old was Charlotte Cope ?
She was 23 year old.
Charlotte Cope Death
The day before her death, a member of the public uploaded photos of Ms Cope in her Welsh Ambulance Service uniform to social media, claiming that he had seen her littering outside her home .
Ms. Cope was on her way to work on a night shift when she was stopped and photographed standing outside her car next to a pile of food scraps and packaged foods.
He was then informed by a line manager at Gelli’s ambulance station about her posting to her, before admitting to her wrongdoing and saying that he would pay any fines that were issued.
However, when she woke up the next day, the post had been shared hundreds of times, according to her family.
Her mother, Heidi, said in an investigation into her death at the Central Forensic Court of South Wales that the Facebook post “pushed her over the edge.”
Ms Cope was said to have an eating disorder and anxiety, but her mother insisted that her daughter had “everything to live for.”
She told the court that Ms Cope was a happy girl who was excited about the sport, that she had become a three-time Welsh Judo champion.
However, in 2012, at the age of 15, she developed anorexia and spent several weeks in the hospital receiving treatment for the disorder.
Ms. Cope studied health and social care in college and attended the University of Plymouth to train to become a paramedic, and she joined the Welsh Ambulance Service in 2018 upon graduation from her.
She was said to be a much loved member of the team who ‘loved her job’ and enjoyed helping and saving people.
However, despite this, she continued to suffer with her mental health at times and family members said they believed she had never recovered from her eating disorder, describing her as a ‘troubled soul’.
On April 13, the day of her death, Mrs. Cope spent time downstairs with her parents before returning to her room at around 1.30 pm, and it was said that everything seemed ” normal”.
However, her mother found her dead around 8:30 p.m.
The paramedics who called 999 were Ms Cope’s colleagues and friends and, in statements read in the investigation, they recounted how ‘shocked’ they were of her and described her as ‘popular and beloved’.
A message found on Miss Cope’s body ordered family members to look at the notes she had written on her phone.
Coroner Rachel Knight told the court
The notes said that she wanted the ‘horrendous’ and ‘disturbing’ thoughts in her head to stop, repeatedly saying she was sorry and thanking her colleagues for all the memories they shared.
Coroner Rachel Knight told the court: “Charlotte had a complex history that included a long-standing eating disorder, depression and anxiety, and she was most upset by a social media post that likely embarrassed her.”
In recording the cause of death as a suicide, Ms Knight told the family: ‘I want to say how I am so sorry for the loss of Charlotte. It’s obvious to me how much she loved her and how much we miss her.
Speaking after the investigation, Ms Cope’s mother said she believed the Facebook post had contributed to the death of her daughter.
She added: ‘I think she would be here today if it weren’t for that post.
She loved her family, her job, and her gym. She recently bought a car, booked to go on vacation with her friends and got tickets to a concert to see Pink live. She had everything to live for.
Charlotte had anxiety and obviously she was still struggling with her eating disorder and we supported her with that; she even built her a gym in the garage so she could continue exercising during the lockdown. But I think the mail pushed her to the limit.
That day she woke up to find that the post had been shared hundreds of times and the posts that were written about it were vile and she was too embarrassed.
“I just want people to realize how dangerous and disgusting Facebook can be, and what they post can have an impact on someone and her family.”
Charlotte Cope Quick and Facts
- Charlotte Cope, 23, was found dead at family home in south Wales in April 2020
- Her death followed a Facebook post shaming her for littering during lockdown
- She was on her way to a shift for Welsh Ambulance Service when picture taken
- The post was shared hundreds of times of paramedic next to pile of food waste
- Mother told inquest she believed the Facebook post ‘pushed her over the edge’