Fundraiser for Norfolk mental health charity in memory of Emily, 19, close to £7,000
A fundraiser which was started after the death of a Shouldham teenager has so far raised almost £7,000.
Emily Owen, 19, took her own life in March and a JustGiving page which was subsequently set up had raised £6,943 by today (Monday). The money will go to the mental health charity Norfolk and Waveney Mind.
An inquest into Miss Owen’s death was held in Norwich on Thursday. Senior coroner Jacqueline Lake concluded a verdict of suicide.
Miss Owen - described by a friend as “truly beautiful inside and out” - died at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital on March 22, four days after being found unresponsive at home.
Her family made the heartbreaking decision to end life support and enable preparations for organ donation, which led to giving hope to four families.
A Facebook post at the time of Miss Owen’s death by her sister Annabel, on behalf of the family, said: “Emily was very concerned about coronavirus itself but more concerned about the mental health impacts of isolation and the fear of unknown.
“She said only a few days ago that ‘more people will die from suicide during this than the virus itself’.
“So please look out for everyone in these difficult times.”
Abbie Panks, vice-chairman of Shouldham Community Enterprises which runs The King’s Arms where Miss Owen worked, said: “Emily was a whirlwind of energy, so caring and funny, truly beautiful inside and out.
“She was loved by our team and customers alike. She was also an incredibly talented artist.”
To donate to the fundraiser visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Emilyo
Anyone wanting support can contact Samaritans on 116123 or visit www.samaritans.org.