Mum of pregnant newlywed who fell to death from Arthur’s Seat speaks of ‘nightmare’

Yasmin Javed has spoken out for the first time after her pregnant daughter Fawziyah Javed, 31, fell to her death from Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh, saying she is “not living just existing” without her

Fawziyah Javed fell to her death at Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh
Fawziyah Javed fell to her death at Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh

The devastated mum of a pregnant newlywed who fell to her death at a Scottish beauty spot has said she is “not living, just existing” as she described her “nightmare”.

Fawziyah Javed, 31, died in September after falling from Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh when on her honeymoon.

Her mother Yasmin Javed described her daughter as a “beautiful soul” and said her world had collapsed following her death and that of her unborn grandson.

The tragedy happened on September 2.

Fawziyah was a trainee solicitor from Pudsey, West Yorkshire, and was pregnant with her first child, a little boy, at her time of her death.

Her husband Kashif Anwar, 27, has been since charged with murder.

Fawziyah Javed at her wedding reception earlier this year


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Mrs Javed said she and her husband Mohammed have been “not living, just existing” in the past three months, and she “feels like I’m stuck in a nightmare I’ll never wake up from”.

But now, at the Christmas period, they wanted to continue their daughter’s legacy as a passionate, caring charity volunteer by making a number of donations in Fawziyah’s honour.

Fawziyah worked as a solicitor after graduating from The University of Sheffield and spent much of her free time supporting a wide array of charities, including the InTouch Foundation, Mosaic, Penny Appeal and Citizens Advice Bureau.

Her mother Yasmin said: “All day I’ve been crying until my tears have run dry, we are devastated, our world has collapsed.

“She was our only child, and she was pregnant with her first child too at the time.

Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh where Fawziyah died



“To lose a child under any circumstances would be painful, but when it’s your only child and your unborn first grandson too, I have no words to describe my pain. We will never, ever get over this.

“The light is gone from our lives, we are just existing now, there is no quality of life for us.

“There is a massive void in our lives and we are traumatised without her, the whole family and her friends. This has rocked our community.”

To continue her legacy, the family have made donations to St George’s Crypt in Leeds, Edinburgh’s Children’s Hospital, and Social Bite, a Scottish homelessness charity. Other family members have also given to other organisations anonymously.

“This week we’ve made some donations in her name to charities here and in Edinburgh.

“She was a very caring person, she cared about other people and wanted to make a difference.

West Yorkshire Police guard the marital home in Leeds of Fawziyah Javed


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“Helping people gave her so much fulfilment, she was so passionate about it. She was a selfless person who wore her heart on her sleeve, she was very kind and considerate.

“She was so loving and generous, she was always there for her friends. They could ring her any time day or night and she was their shoulder to cry on, she was a truly wonderful person, without a bad bone in her body.”

The family has also set up a GoFundMe page for donations to continue Fawziyah’s legacy.

It reads:”Hi Our family are deeply grieved by the loss of Our Beloved Fawziyah. Many of you have approached us to set up a Fundraising Page to ensure that Fawziyah’s legacy continues in an organised manner for Charitable Causes.

“We have set up this page to fundraise in memory of Our Beloved Fawziyah to support the Homeless, Orphans,Poor and Needy around the world.

“Fawziyah was very passionate about helping people that were less advantaged, vulnerable and needy.

“Fawziyah volunteered for many charities and devoted much of her time helping others. She will be remembered for her Kind nature,Compassion to help others ,being Selfless and extremely caring.

“An only child herself and pregnant with her first baby. Fawziyah was perfect in every way. A Beautiful soul that had given so much to others and would have continued to do so.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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