THE FAMILY of a woman who died in her sleep on Christmas Eve have spoken of their shock at the news of her death.
Charmain Manley, 45, was found unresponsive by her partner at her home in Erdington on December 24, 2019.
Despite attempts by paramedics to resuscitate Manley using CPR, she died.
A carer, Manley was affectionately known as “Green Eyes”.
One of her cousins told The Voice that Manley was family-orientated and always smiling.
Chanelle Bell, whose mum Claudia Yap, also Manley’s cousin, used to collect her from school when she was young and the two developed a close bond, said: “She was very outgoing, very bubbly, always willing to give a hand.”
“She was known very, very, very, well in Birmingham, Bell said. “You can see all the comments on Facebook, all the likes and the shares.”
“It’s very shocking,” Manley said. “When my mum told me…I thought, no, this can’t be true.”
While Manley is not understood to have had any known health problems, Bell said she had complained about a leg or foot pain.
Manley’s sister, Cherie, told the Birmingham Mail: “We are all in tremendous shock. She had been complaining of having pain in her legs before she went to sleep.”
Bell said that due to the sudden nature of Manley’s death, the family had decided to set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Manley’s funeral.
She expressed gratitude to those who had already donated.
“We thank them dearly…thank you for having the heart to donate,” Bell said. “We’re just so grateful.”
A fundraising event has been organised for January 17 at the Reminisce Social Club, Handsworth, Birmingham.