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'I never ever thought I would be doing this': Tributes and funds continue for Swaffham's Danielle Chilvers

More than £4,200 has now been raised to support the family of a Swaffham woman who died in the water earlier this month.

Mother-of-two Danielle Chilvers drowned in the sea at Waxham after her youngest boy got into trouble in a kayak on August 9.

Her friend Marie Lloyd set up a Go Fund Me page due to the boys moving to a new home which requires lots of work to it.

Danielle Chilvers
Danielle Chilvers

A total of £4,235 has been donated by 217 people at the time of writing after a target of £500 had originally been set on the page.

Speaking to the Daily Mail Online, Marie said she was with Danielle on the day of the tragedy and described it as “the worst thing ever”.

She added: “I never ever thought I would be doing this, I am heartbroken. She was an amazing person and will be missed by so, so many people. She loved her two boys, they were her everything.

“She loved to help the children do their best and would do much more than expected to make them get the best results. All the children thought the world of her. She was always smiling and was so approachable.”

Marie met Danielle 13-years-ago when their eldest children joined reception class at school.

Danielle was a student support leader at the Nicholas Hamond Academy in Swaffham who paid tribute to a “much-loved member of our team” who “worked at the academy for a number of years in a variety of roles and was well known, well regarded and well respected.”

Marie told the Daily Mail how her friend kept an allotment, which she described as her “happy place”.

She added: “It was the brightest and prettiest out of them all. Family and friends will keep it going for her.”

Among those who have donated to the Go Fund Me page are Irish resident Fifi Kennedy who said: “I can’t begin to imagine your pain, as a mother of two teenagers I can only offer my deepest sympathy.

“I hope her divine allotment serves as a reminder of what a wonderful person she clearly was.”

Suzanna Budd added: “She helped me a lot through school and was always such a wonderful person, she died a hero and I know I will never forget her.”

The fundraising page can be found at https://uk.gofundme.com/f/Lets-help-hero-mum-help-her-boys.

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