A fundraising concert in memory of a former Ninewells nurse is being held to raise money for sepsis research.
Laura Balfour died a year ago this week after contracting an infection in her foot that later led to sepsis.
She had initially spent three weeks as a patient at Ninewells before being discharged.
But the surgical nurse was readmitted after suddenly taking unwell again, with a rash on her skin and seeming confused.
She died, aged 35, on May 22 2017, leaving behind a daughter Chloe, 17.
Now 12 months on, Laura’s family have planned a fundraising concert at her hometown church in Forfar in support of the Fiona Elizabeth Agnew Trust (FEAT), which aims to stop sepsis through funding research into the early detection of the condition.
Laura’s sister Lousie Murray said: “Laura was a former Ninewells staff nurse and she was an amazing mum to Chloe who she brought up on her own with support from our parents and close family.
“Laura was always smiling and had a really optimistic nature.
“Until one year ago I rarely knew anything about sepsis, but have since discovered it kills 44,000 people in the UK every year and roughly one person every four hours.
“We are still not really any further forward with how this condition developed as she appeared to be doing really well when she was first released from hospital and, one year on, it’s something we find difficult to come to terms with.
“Although it won’t help bring Laura back, the family is glad that FEAT and the Scottish Government have created a successful partnership which has released a campaign to raise public awareness of the signs and symptoms of sepsis which should hopefully help to save the lives of 1,000 Scots each year.”
The family will hold a concert at Lowson Church in Forfar on Sunday August 19, featuring the local Friends Choir, which Louise is a member of.
“Laura was a frequent sight at Lowson Memorial Church and was a very active member within the Lowson Church Community,” said Louise.
“She volunteered there for more than 20 years, giving most of her free time to help with church activities and fundraising efforts.
“Laura loved music and was a well-known member of Forfar Musical Society.
“When our family was trying to come up with ideas for fundraising in her memory it seemed a perfect idea to try to put on a music concert in the Lowson Church.
“There will be a mixture of music performed on the night and there is sure to be something to cater to all tastes.”
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