‘Beautiful’ charity volunteer dies of coronavirus on her 25th birthday

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Hundreds of tributes have poured in for a young woman who died from Covid-19 on her 25th birthday.

The family of Claudia Marsh, who have set up a JustGiving page in her memory, described her as a “beautiful daughter and incredible sister.”

They wrote that, instead of flowers, they preferred that mourners donated to two charities that Claudia was involved with, TEDS (Talking Eating Disorders) and The Whitechapel Centre Charity.

David Roper, Whitechapel volunteer manager, said: "For all of us who worked alongside Claudia last summer, we will remember her energy, passion and commitment, and her wonderful sense of fun.

He told the Liverpool Echo : "It is a terrible and shocking tragedy. Claudia will live on in the impact she had during the toughest crisis we have faced in recent memory, and her contribution to the life saving support we provide throughout this pandemic.

"Claudia always put others before herself, focusing her energies into her volunteering and providing support to our service users.

"She was also instrumental in bringing together our volunteer community, with her constant enthusiasm, friendliness and warmth.

She had, he said, "a smile for everyone. She will be missed very much.”

Posting to their Facebook page, a spokesperson from The Whitechapel Centre said that: "Everyone who met her couldn’t help but be affected by her warmth, her energy, and her sense of fun.

"Claudia always put others before herself and her memory will live on through the impact and contribution she made to our organisation."

Jo Goodman wrote on the JustGiving page that she was 'probably one of the last people' to spend time with Claudia, as they shared a hospital ward.

Jo said: "I am probably one of the last people to spend time with Claudia, being next to her in hospital.

"I was devastated when she started to deteriorate, but tried to support her from my own bed."

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