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An inquest has heard that a 92-year-old poppy seller killed herself after suffering problems with depression and insomnia.
Olive Cooke had collected money in Bristol for the Royal British Legion for 76 years.
The inquest heard that Olive left instructions to the person who discovered the stool she had brought with her - telling them to call police.
The note said: "Please phone police 999 elderly Fishponds lady gone over cliff".
The charity fundraiser had neatly leaned her walking stick next to the stool, and also left a carrier bag nearby which contained a raincoat, details to help police with her identity - and even an empty wallet.
A suicide note said she had managed to get "little sleep" and could "take it no more". Her body was found at the bottom of the Avon Gorge in May. The coroner recorded a verdict of suicide. Richard Lawrence reports.
The inquest is due to resume today into the death of Olive Cooke, the country's longest serving poppy seller.
The 92-year-old from Bristol was found dead in Avon Gorge in May. She spent her life raising money for the Royal British Legion.
She had complained about being bombarded with charity requests which led to the regulator promising to introduce tighter controls.
The body regulating charities has told MPs it's committed to making changes in the wake of the death of Bristol poppy-seller Olive Cooke.
Olive, who was 92, was found dead at the foot of the Avon Gorge last month. She had in the past complained about being bombarded by requests from charities. Her family say that was not connected to her death, but at a meeting in Parliament today the regulator said tighter controls were being introduced on the way charities ask for donations.
Friends and family of Britain's oldest poppy seller have said their goodbyes in Bristol.
The funeral of 92-year-old Olive Cooke, who was found dead in the Avon Gorge early last month, took place at the Fishponds church she attended every week for more than 70 years.
Olive spent her whole life raising money for the Royal British Legion after being widowed in the Second World War.
Hundreds of mourners attended her funeral. Some were members of the Royal British Legion, and many wore poppies to honour her life's work.
This was her church for so long. She was a lovely lady. We are grieving for her.
The funeral of Britain's longest serving poppy seller Olive Cooke takes place in Fishponds in Bristol today.
The 92-year-old was found dead in the Avon Gorge early last month.
Olive spent her whole life raising money for the Royal British Legion, after being widowed in the Second World War.
Britain's oldest poppy seller, 92-year-old Olive Cooke, left a note explaining her struggles with depression, before being seen to jump into Avon Gorge, an inquest heard today.
Great-grandmother-of-two Olive, who lost her first husband in the Second World War, volunteered for the Royal British Legion for 76 years, selling an estimated 30,000 poppies. The inquest heard that she died from multiple injuries, and had had long-term battles with low mood.
In the weeks and months before her death she had been plagued by hundreds of charity begging letters and phone calls, leading to suggestions that the intrusion had pushed her to take her own life however her family have insisted the charities were not to blame.
Olive's granddaughter said although the letters were getting intrusive, her grandmother believed in the fundamental importance of charities, and that she had left her family a "beautiful note" explaining the real issues surrounding her death, including struggles with depression and issues around being elderly.
After a short hearing today the inquest was adjourned until July 16.
The family say they hope to set up a fund in her name.
An inquest is due to be opened today into the death of Britain's longest-serving poppy seller.
Olive Cooke, who was 92 and from Bristol, died in Avon Gorge a fortnight ago (Wed 6 May). She had health problems and had also complained about pressure from charity cold callers.