‘Special’ Sophie, 23, touched many lives

LIFE STILL CELEBRATED: Sophie Bavington, from Great Cornard, died in June last year.
LIFE STILL CELEBRATED: Sophie Bavington, from Great Cornard, died in June last year.
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A 23-year-old woman who hanged herself touched the lives of many and was “special” to those who knew and cared for her.

Sophie Bavington, from Bures Road in Great Cornard, was found hanging from a bathroom door at Fulbourn Hospital in Cambridge, in June last year.

An inquest held into the death of the former Great Cornard middle and upper school pupil heard on Tuesday that Miss Bavington had been diagnosed with development delay at an early age and made regular attempts to harm herself.

David Morris, senior coroner for Cambridgeshire, described Miss Bavington as “troubled”.

“She was a special woman, both to her family and the staff who looked after her,” said Mr Morris.

“She had all sorts of problems since she was small, which the family had to cope with, and did their best.

“Despite having more problems than most, she was a lively person and had many happy times.”

After being told that Miss Bavington had tied ligatures around her neck on 47 previous occasions, a jury sitting at Huntingdon Town Hall concluded she had died from misadventure.

Speaking after the inquest, her father Tony Bavington, a Great Cornard parish councillor, said he felt the hearing had reached the right outcome as he did not believe his daughter had intended to kill herself.

“Sophie contributed a lot to a lot of people’s lives in her 23 years,” he said. “We are pleased with the verdict and still celebrate her life.”

More than 400 people attended the funeral of Miss Bavington, who worked as a care assistant at Hazel Court in Sudbury for four years before her death.