Tributes paid to London doctor who died after fall at Seven Sisters cliffs

Tributes have been paid to a remarkable and talented doctor who died after falling from cliffs at the Seven Sisters Country Park.

Thursday, 26th November 2020, 4:50 pm

Rebecca Marshall was found on the beach below cliffs between Birling Gap and Cuckmere on January 27 this year and airlifted to Eastbourne DGH.

But the 28-year-old, who lived in London, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

At an inquest into Miss Marshall’s death this week, East Sussex coroner James Healy-Pratt heard she was a talented, caring and highly intelligent young woman.

Eastbourne Town Hall (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-190425-155116008

Miss Marshall’s parents, Jacqueline and Jeremy Marshall, who are both doctors, said their daughter was very kind and cared very deeply for other people and the environment.

They said she had struggled with her mental health for a number of years and had been under the care of Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust, which carried out a serious incident review of Miss Marshall’s treatment after her death – but has yet to report its recommendations to the young doctor’s family.

Miss Marshall had travelled by train from London and made her way to the Seven Sisters Country Park.

Mr Healy-Pratt said he was in no doubt Miss Marshall had intended to take her own life at the cliffs.

Following Miss Marshall’s death, her family raised £7,000 for Papyrus, the charity which aims to reduce the number of young people who take their own lives by breaking down the stigma around suicide and equipping people with the skills to recognise and respond to suicidal behaviour

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, the Samaritans may be able to help – the charity’s helpline number is 116 123.