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Charity launched in memory of snowboarder

Emily 'Mimi' Watts Credit: ITV Anglia

The family of the Suffolk snowboarder tragically killed in an accident in the French Alps almost three weeks ago have today launched a charity in her memory.

Mimi Watts in Morzine, France Credit: Watts family

Twenty six year old Emily Watts, known as Mimi, died after she was trapped in a snow drift near the ski resort of Chamnoix - she was kept alive by doctors at a French hospital but after five days her life support machine was switched off.

Mimi Watts at Glastonbury Festival Credit: Watts family
Mimi Watts at Moreton Hall Prep School, Bury St Edmunds Credit: Watts family

Now her family from Lavenham are determined that her memory will live on in the form of a charity set up to help young people start up creative businesses.

More than £1,000 has already been raised to help young people like Mimi gain a start in their careers.

Mimi Watts racing her Shetland pony at Royal Windsor Horse Show Credit: Watts family

Her brother Rory said today :"An organisation like a charity can outlive anyone - and supporting Mimi's memory by creating something long-lasting felt like the right thing to do."

The charity's website - here - gives full details of its aims.

Breaking news: Injured snowboarder dies

A British student who suffered a horrific snowboarding accident in the French Alps has died, her family has said.

Emily Watts, known as Mimi, fell headfirst into a snowdrift and was stuck for about 45 minutes following the incident in Chamonix on Saturday.

By the time emergency crews arrived, the 26-year-old, from Lavenham in Suffolk, had suffered a cardiac arrest, prompting fears of brain damage.

Her parents, Nicky McAllister and Dominic Watts, along with her 27-year-old brother Rory, flew to France to be by her bedside.

But after a number of days on a life support machine, she died earlier today, Miss Watts' aunt Shona Pollock said.

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