Fundraiser for hero mum who drowned rescuing son to help her boys in new home

A mum who tragically died while rescuing her son from drowning has had a fundraiser set up in her honour to help her boys in their new home.

Danielle Chilvers' lifeless body was pulled from the water at Waxham, Norfolk on Sunday, August 9.

She had heroically jumped in the water after her son and a friend got into difficulties while kayaking off the beach, which is notorious for its rip tides.

The fundraiser was launched by a close family friend, Marie Lloyd.

Within 18 hours, 110 people had donated and more than tripled the initial target of £500, reaching £1,715.

The appeal has also been shared by 493 people from the Go Fund Me website.

Marie said: "Dani did what all of us parents would have done, her boy was in trouble, she went to help. Dani got caught in a rip current and just like that she was gone.

"Dani was a remarkable woman, loved by everyone, would help anyone, she was so happy with life, loved her job and her children were her absolute everything."

The fundraiser has been organised to help provide accommodation for Danielle’s children, who the family have asked are not named.

Marie added: "Dani has left behind her two boys, the boys will need to move from their home, the house that will be their new home needs a lot of work done before they can move in and for it to be their new home.

"If anyone would like to donate please, please, please do so, Dani has always wanted the best for her children and we will carry this on for her.

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"Let’s help the hero mum help her boys."

The page was also flooded with touching tributes to Dani.

One person wrote: "Such a lovely person. Will miss her laughter, wind-ups and smiles."

Another left the message: "Dani was a kind and caring person and always had a cheeky giggle and a smile. Love her and miss her so."

Following her death, Kyle Reeve, the manager of the Poplar Farm campsite described her death as "an absolute tragedy".

He said: "This whole coastline is notorious for rip tides. We have signs up at the beach entrances warning of the risk.

"The water moves at huge speed through gaps when channels appear between sandbanks. Most professional swimmers cannot out-swim them."

A witness posted on Facebook that the woman's son had been left "utterly devastated".

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"Two ladies were there also and they all started giving CPR with a coastguard. Then the paramedics took over for about an hour."

The woman said she and another beach-goer cuddled the boys and other girls from the same group on the beach "for what seemed like an eternity".

She added: "Poor lads were watching the whole thing and will be traumatised for life. I'm utterly devastated for them all and want to help as much as I can.

"I never thought I'd see anything like that. Saw it from beginning to end. My friend who is a strong swimmer was in the EXACT same spot and managed to get out because she is a super strong swimmer."

A Norfolk Police spokesperson said: "Investigations are continuing after a woman died after getting into difficulties at Waxham on Sunday.

"Emergency services were called at around 5:30pm following reports of a woman struggling while in the sea."

To donate to the Go Fund Me page, click here.

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