A NEW mother has died just six days after the birth of her little boy.
Thirty-six-year-old Debbie Blenkin collapsed at the Hampden Park home she shared with her husband Kristian on the morning of July 15, and died shortly afterwards.
Debbie, who was known as Debbie Tudhope before her marriage and was originally from Wiltshire, worked with troubled youngsters at the Youth Offending Team in Eastbourne.
Debbie worked as a bail support co-ordinator, was highly specialised, had a vast knowledge and was a huge support to colleagues both within the Youth Offending Team and external agencies.
She was also singled out for commendation by the head of Children’s Services for her efforts and was one of the first workers to gain the inaugural Foundation Degree in Youth Justice awarded by the Open University.
Tributes have been left on Debbie’s Facebook page and friends have described her as an angel and a “ray of light” in their lives.
Her colleagues said Debbie always put the needs of young people first and would go the extra mile to help them in times of real crisis.
A spokesperson for the Youth Offending Team said, “Debbie Blenkin was a valued, dedicated and committed youth justice worker who will be sadly missed by all her colleagues here at Children’s Services, and by all the young people, parents and professionals she came into contact with.
“Debbie’s gregarious personality enabled her to establish constructive relationships with young people while maintaining objectivity and balance in her role to protect the public.
“Debbie will be greatly missed and our sympathy and thoughts go out to her family at this very sad time.”