Snowboarder's family launch charity

The family of Mimi Watts, a 26 year old Suffolk woman killed in a snowboarding accident in France, have launched a charity in her memory.

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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.

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