Published: 00:01, 29 December 2017
The sister of a young woman found dead in Folkestone says not enough is being done to support people with mental health issues.
Ruby Fox claims that her foster sister, Kerri-Ann Brunt, and others with mental health illness are "pushed around".
At the time of her death on December 1, the mother-of-two, who was living in East Cliff Gardens, had been unemployed due to her state of mind and recently been evicted from her home, according to her family.
Ms Fox says the 24-year-old “was so depressed and couldn’t feel normal”.
An inquest opened at the Archbishop’s Palace in Maidstone earlier this month and the cause of death was given as hanging.
A full inquest will take place on Tuesday, February 19.
The family has now launched a fundraising appeal to help cover the cost of giving Kerri-Ann a fitting send-off.
They are in the process of organising a funeral, complete with a two-horse carriage, because she “loved sparkles and animals”.
The former Channel School pupil had been engaged for a year and adored her two children, relatives say.
On the GoFundMe appeal page, her mother Anapaula Lippett wrote: “A mother can never prepare herself for being in the position of having to plan a funeral for one of her children.
“My daughter Kerri-Ann had been troubled by mental health problems for quite some time.
“Although Kerri-Ann had managed to overcome some incredible situations with regard to her mental health, she was blighted by the sad realisation that she felt she had lost her purpose.”
The appeal has so far raised more than £780 towards its £4,000 target.
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