The family of a 21-year-old woman who was born with a rare heart condition are fulfilling her wishes of starting a charity to help others.
Coral Pierpoint-Regan was born without any valves in her heart and had to undergo a transplant at the age of 16.
Sadly she died suddenly in November last year due to complications arising from her body’s rejection of the heart.
Now her mum Tracey Pierpoint, sister Ayesha, 24, and fiance Chris Rowe are fulfilling her ambition of starting Coral’s Blue Elephant Trust to raise money for research at Great Ormond Street Hospital and to help the families of transplant patients.
But they need to raise £5,000 to become a registered charity.
Tracey, of Beachamwell, said: “Everyone who met Coral loved her. She had a great fighting spirit.
“If she is up there looking down on us, she would be smiling and would love what we are doing.
“She was very interested in working with Great Ormond Street. She wanted to help find cures for other children so they would not have to go through what she did.”
The family have chosen to name the charity after a toy bought for Coral when she had the transplant.
The first event to kick start the fundraising is a family fun day at Beachamwell Village Hall on Sunday, August 3, from 11am to 6pm. The event will include games, raffle, tombola and barbecue.