Charity set up in memory of Lavenham snowboarder

Mimi Watts
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The family of the Suffolk snowboarder killed in an accident in the French Alps almost three weeks ago have launched an International charity in her memory.

Emily ‘Mimi’ Watts, 26, from Lavenham died after she was trapped in a snow drift near the ski resort of Chamnoix - she was kept alive by a doctors at a French hospital but after five days when her recovery was unlikely, her life support machine was switched.

Now her family 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 £5,000 has already been realised by the Good Story charity but the family hope that tens of thousands will be donated to help young people like Mimi gain a start in their careers.

The charity has also taken on 15 professional mentor volunteers ranging from management consultants and accountants to tattoo artists and pub managers.

A boards of trustees including family members and friends has been set up and regional creative committees established in Suffolk, London Bristol. Brighton, Reading, Norwich and Chamonix in France.

Her brother Rory said:”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.

“We are delighted that donations are coming in at an astonishing rate.”

The charity’s website - - gives full details of its aims and there is also a Facebook group and Twitter account