MUM Nicola Caldera has spoken of her heartbreak at losing her only daughter who died in her sleep.
Yasmin Caldera died suddenly, just days before she was due to fly to Sri Lanka to volunteer at an orphanage.
Now, the 18-year-old’s family have decided to raise money to send other students from Yasmin’s old school to take her place in Sri Lanka.
Nicola said: ‘It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. She was fit and healthy.
‘It came completely out of the blue.
‘She has left such a hole in our house.’
Yasmin was the eldest of three children, having two younger brothers.
‘She never had a bad word to say about anyone,’ Nicola added.
‘The overriding thing that people say is how kind she was.
‘She had quite a sense of humour. She lived her life by quite strong morals.
‘She was lovely, kind and generous and was very loyal to her friends.
‘Over the last six to nine months she had blossomed into an independent young lady.’
Yasmin studied at Portsmouth Grammar School for most of her life and had recently started at Havant College.
Her ambition was to study psychology at university.
Nicola, 46, who lives in Chichester, added that going to volunteer in Sri Lanka was an important part of her daughter’s life.
‘She was ready to go off to Sri Lanka to do some volunteering,’ she said.
‘She had researched it all herself with where she wanted to go and what she wanted to do.
‘She was going to work in a orphanage.
‘She organised it all herself. Instead of going on holiday she wanted to volunteer.
‘She was very independent. I think you have to be at 18 to go off and do that on your own. She felt strongly about going to Sri Lanka.
‘We felt it would be fitting for somebody to go out each year and help.
‘We feel that’s what we want her legacy to be.’
Yasmin died at home on July 24.
The family plan to do some fundraising in the future for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young.
So far, more than £6,500 has been raised.
To make a donation in Yasmin’s memory, please visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/YasminCaldera.