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Sister sets up fundraising campaign in memory of junior doctor Rose Polge

Published 07/05/2016

More than £4,000 has so far been raised in memory of Rose Polge (Devon and Cornwall Police/PA)
More than £4,000 has so far been raised in memory of Rose Polge (Devon and Cornwall Police/PA)

The sister of a junior doctor whose body was found off the coast of Dorset last month has set up a fundraising campaign in her memory.

Hazel Polge, whose sister Rose disappeared in February, started an online donation page for two charities, in the hope it can help "prevent such tragedy" happening again.

More than £4,000 in donations have already been raised for her selected causes - mental health charity Mind and Dartmoor Search and Rescue.

Dr Polge, 25, was in her first year as a junior doctor at Torbay Hospital, Devon, when she went missing, during which time her sister said she worked long hours and suffered from "work-related anxiety".

Her car and hoodie were later found near Anstey's Cove, Torbay, and her body was eventually recovered on April 11.

Writing on fundraising website JustGiving, Miss Polge said: "All Rose's colleagues are missing her hard work, friendliness and approachability.

"Her stunning smile, infectious enthusiasm, kindness and inquisitive nature made her popular with all people she met.

"Please give generously in her memory, not just for the junior doctor whose disappearance and death hit the headlines, but for the sweet, beautiful, kind, loving woman that she was.

"She will never be forgotten, but let us honour her memory by helping those charities that aim to prevent such tragedy. Even if just one person was saved, to their family that would be everything."

Miss Polge said raising money for Mind helps both people who "like Rose may suffer acute crisis or distress" and those suffering from chronic mental health conditions.

She added that Dartmoor Search and Rescue, which helped in the search for her sister, would benefit from "more eyes, rope teams, dogs and skilled personnel".

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