Family of local nurse Laura ‘overwhelmed’ by support to raise awareness of sepsis

An Angus family have been overwhelmed by the support they have received in their quest to raise awareness of a killer disease.

The Greenhills, from Forfar, took part in three major events in one day in memory of former nurse Laura Balfour, their daughter, mum and sister, who died of sepsis last year, aged 35.

Their day started with Laura’s sister, Vicki, running her first 10k race before Laura’s dad, Brydon, and close family members and friends successfully completed the 25-mile Kiltwalk from St Andrews to Monifieth.

Laura Balfour

Brydon was accompanied by his brother-in-law, Brian Donald, nephew Neil Donald, Roy Dryburgh, David Gammie and David’s girlfriend, Aileen, to complete the 25-mile route.

They were met by Joyce and Tracy Dryburgh who completed the 11-mile walk to Monifieth. The final event was a concert in the Lowson Memorial Church, organised by Laura’s sister, Louise.

Their efforts have raised more than £5,000 for FEAT, a charity which aims to raise awareness and stop sepsis through funding research into the early detection of the condition and its treatment.

Laura’s mum, Elaine, said it had been an emotional day for them all but they were overwhelmed by the warmth of support they received.

Anyone wishing to donate can still do so through Louise’s JustGiving page: