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  • Mum braves skydive in memory of her daughter

    Tom Martin

    A MUM from Litherland has raised nearly £6,000 after conquering her fear of heights by jumping out of a plane in memory of her loving daughter.

    Heather Evans braved a skydive to raise money for charity, and found the inspiration to raise funds after her 19-year-old daughter Halle, a student at Edge Hill University, died in January less than 12 hours after falling ill.

    It was only after Halle’s funeral that her family were told she died from Group A streptococcal septicaemia, which caused her to contract meningitis.

    Such was the rapid speed of how the illness took hold of Halle that her tragic story featured in the national press to help spread awareness of meningitis and the risks to university students.

    Heather, who did the skydive with her brother, Tony Carr, and friend Jenny Connelly, said: “The experience was absolutely amazing and I loved every minute, it was so nice to feel a different feeling other than sadness.

    “I know Halle will be super proud of us and so thankful to you all for supporting such a great charity.

    “Everyone in the world should do a skydive so get signing up for next year!”

    NHS England advises that teenagers and ‘fresher’ students going to university for the first time should have the vaccination to prevent meningitis and septicaemia.

    Halle had been given the meningococcal vaccine and received a booster jab at the start of her English Literature course at Edge Hill University, but she still contracted the deadly disease.

    She had a heart attack due to septic shock and died after 12 hours in intensive care on January 27.

    Heather, who works at Gordon Short Chemist, in Crosby, added: “I am still so proud of Halle even now.

    “Every day she gives me strength and encouragement to get through each day.

    “Her love for life helps us to live our lives for her as well so we all try to turn our negative days into positive days.

    “Thank you to everyone who sponsored us. The money will be donated to Love, Jasmine charity.”

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