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David Beckham supporting charity set up in memory of Carshalton teacher who took her own life

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DAVID Beckham is supporting a charity launched in memory of a woman who took her own life.

Samantha Abbott, 41, jumped from the roof of a Sutton car park in 2009 after suffering from postnatal depression.

A teacher at Carshalton's Victor Seymour Infants' School, Samantha struggled to cope after the birth of her son Bosco in 2008.

Her older brother Simon, 45, has set up the Samantha Abbott Trust in aid of postnatal depression sufferers – but in the run-up to its launch has been violently mugged and viciously abused by online trolls.

Simon, who lives in Jersey, said: "I set up the trust to help with the grief but also to make sure something positive comes out of my sister's tragic death.

"I did not expect to be targeted by this section of the online community. They are sadistic.

"One person claimed to be a woman suffering from postnatal depression threatening to kill herself. Postnatal depression is no joking matter. A lot of new mothers are not supported correctly and live in fear of people thinking they are a bad mother."

Simon is also still recovering after he was attacked for his phone in Jersey last year, leaving him with blurred vision and memory loss.

Bosco, now four, lives with Samantha's former partner, who cut off contact with Simon since her death.

Simon said: "I have tried to get in touch a number of times but his office doesn't even seem to be aware of Samantha.

"Grief can do funny things to people, I can tell you that."

The trust will be launched with the Social Media Fashion Party on April 26 at Aura Mayfair.

The event will feature social media-themed cocktails and a chance to see clothes donated by celebrities.

And Simon hopes to stage a much grander event in the future. He said: "I want to hold a big fashion show but it is going to require a lot of volunteers because there is so much work behind the scenes."

Among the stars who have donated items or clothes to the trust are David and Victoria Beckham, Usain Bolt, Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, Coleen Rooney and Naomi Campbell.

Simon said: "The Beckham one took about three months of chasing people up until finally they got back to me saying they'd be delighted to donate something.

"Becks is good enough by himself, but Victoria as well is brilliant!"

Tickets to the event cost £25 and are available at http://socialmediafashionparty. eventbrite.co.uk

David Beckham supporting charity set up in memory of Carshalton teacher who took her own life


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