Kite death inquest today

AN inquest was due to begin today into the death of a stunt kite flyer from Combs, who was killed in freak accident.Lee Charity suffered fatal injuries when he plunged 30ft to the ground after being swept into the air by strong winds on playing fields at Chilton.

AN inquest was due to begin today into the death of a stunt kite flyer from Combs, who was killed in freak accident.

Lee Charity suffered fatal injuries when he plunged 30ft to the ground after being swept into the air by strong winds on playing fields at Chilton.

The inquest, which was due to begin at 10am, was being held at the Athenaeum, in Bury St Edmunds.

Witnesses to the incident were expected to piece together the circumstances leading up to the 28-year-old's death at the full hearing.


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Police believe Mr Charity, from Combs, was harnessed into a steerable kite and took off as winds gusted to speeds of 40mph on May 18 this year.

After his death, his fiancée revealed they were due to get married in a dream Caribbean wedding next year.

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Shelley Betts said the couple had just bought a house and were like "best friends".

Mr Charity was the only son of 51-year-old police constable Tony Charity and 49-year-old residential careworker Janet.

Mrs Charity has since raised £3,000 to buy medical equipment the equipment for the West Suffolk Hospital's accident & emergency department.

The money will pay for a paediatric crash trolley and vital signs monitor for A&E, and a baby heart monitor for the Special Care Baby Unit.

Mrs Charity will present the equipment to the hospital on Friday.

"We are very grateful for this generous donation," said Rachel Hudson, clinical manager of A&E.

"We have been in close contact with Mrs Charity to make sure the money she has raised is used in the best way. Her effort is even more appreciated as she has raised money from her home area in Worcestershire.

"Our thoughts are with Mrs Charity, and we are pleased that she has chosen to mark her son's death by raising money to buy equipment which could help save the lives of others. We are constantly aiming to improve our service and generous donations such as this help.

"People often donate gifts to the hospital in gratitude for the care they have received on wards. It is nice that Mrs Charity has particularly chosen to donate this equipment to the A&E Department."

The inquest in Mr Charity's death was previously opened and adjourned by greater Suffolk coroner, Dr Peter Dean, at Shire Hall, Bury St Edmunds.

He said the post mortem had revealed Mr Charity died of multiple traumatic injuries but adjourned the full inquest until today to allow further investigations to be carried out.

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