(DAILY MAIL UK) – A young paramedic who said she was ‘dedicating all her time on the ambulance to help others in need at this time’ has been found dead at her home.
Charlotte Cope qualified as a paramedic just two years ago and was based in Gelli, Rhondda, South Wales.
The 23-year-old was found dead at her home in the Rhondda Valley after finishing her shift on Monday.
Emergency services colleagues were sent to her address following a 999 call.
Just days ago Ms Cope urged people to stay at home as she praised her colleagues on social media.
Just days ago Ms Cope posted on social media: ‘Life sucks right now ey. I miss my family. I miss weightlifting/training, I miss the freedom.
‘But have to stay positive, dedicating all my time on the ambulance to help others in need at this time with my amazing colleagues. Stay safe everyone, please stay at home.’
Friend and colleague Connor Quinn described Ms Cope as a ‘very promising and proud paramedic adored by all who knew her.’
He said: ‘Charlotte Louise Cope, my close friend and colleague was tragically taken too soon at the young age of 23 on April 12, 2020.
‘A very promising and proud South Wales paramedic adored by all who knew her, she had carried the weight of the world on her small shoulders in silence for far too long.
‘Her heartwarming nature could be felt by everyone in her presence to which she was completely oblivious, this made her all the more special.
‘I think I am speaking on behalf of all her friends and colleagues when I say we are heartbroken and devastated and we all miss and love you so much.
‘To her she was just another ordinary girl, but to us she was that one little bit of happiness and cheer we are often looking for within the ambulance service especially at these unpredictable times.’
Mr Quinn raised more than £10,000 in a fundraising page to help with funeral costs and support Ms Cope’s grieving family, ‘especially as we will be unable to attend due to the current pandemic.’
‘I understand these are financially hard times and there are lots of other fundraisers currently running, but even the smallest of donation will be appreciated.
‘Sleep tight Charl’.
Jason Killens, chief executive at the Welsh Ambulance Service, said: ‘It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm the sudden death of one of our paramedics on Monday evening.
‘Charlotte Cope, who was based in Gelli, Rhondda Cynon Taf, was a much-loved member of the Welsh Ambulance Service family having joined the organisation in 2018 after qualifying as a paramedic.
‘We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Charlotte’s family, who we are supporting through this difficult time.
‘Support arrangements are also being made for Charlotte’s colleagues across our organisation.
‘I would ask that we give regard to the wish of Charlotte’s family at this very sad and difficult time and respect their privacy.’