Family devastated as mum-of-eight dies days after Christmas

The devastated family of a mum-of-eight have paid a loving tribute to her after she died days after Christmas with Covid-19.

Gran-of-four and dearly loved mum Dianne Campbell passed away aged 54 on December 28 after she developed pneumonia and had a cardiac arrest.

Her daughter’s partner, Dominic France, said Dianne, who was living with MS, had suffered a fall and while she was recovering at home she developed a chest infection.

After her death Dianne’s children, aged 15 to 30, learned she had tested positive for coronavirus.

Paying tribute to Dianne, who lived in Runcorn, her daughter Victoria Campbell said: “Her world revolved around her family and making sure they were happy.

“The loss of such an amazing woman has devastated the whole family.

“She was born and raised in Salford and moved to Runcorn in 2015 to be closer to her family. She was the kind of woman that would do anything to help anyone and took everyone under her wing.”

Dominic added: “She was lovely. She was caring and would help anyone out if they needed help. She was just a really nice person.

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“Everyone was always round at her house, it was the main hub.”

Dominic, 34, has set up a fundraiser for the family “as a last resort” to try and pay for funeral costs as he said family members have lost their jobs through the pandemic and are struggling to fund it.

Writing on the page, Dominic said it was “heartbreaking to see” Dianne’s younger children lose their mum, adding: “This is a lot of money to find in a short space of time.

“The family have been having sleepless nights over this situation, trying all they can to try and get this money together.”

As well as paying for funeral costs, Dominic said the family also face the difficult situation of finding a new home.

Dominic told the ECHO: “They’re going to have to find somewhere else. Because Dianne had MS, it was an adapted property and the council are going to want that back. They [the family] don’t need to be in an adapted property, so that’s something else they’re going to have to figure out.”

Diane fell poorly shortly after having a fall, Dominic said.

He said: “She had been in hospital because she’d fallen. They made sure she was ok to come back home and there was aides in place to help her get out of bed.

“But she started developing a chest infection, or that’s what we thought it was.

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“With Covid and everything, we couldn’t get to the doctors and so it was over the phone. She actually had pneumonia and, because of that, her lungs started filling up but, we didn’t know that until afterwards, and that led to her having a cardiac arrest.

“She actually took a Covid test because of the chest infection and had sent it off, but it didn’t come back until after she’d passed away.”

Dianne’s daughter said the family will remember her love and laughter.

Victoria said: “In her passing she will leave a void that will forever be empty but leaves behind a lifetime of memories, love and laughter.”

The family have since been “overwhelmed” with kind donations Dominic said with funds coming in from people they haven’t even met.

He wrote on the page: “We really are all trying our best to get this money together so if anyone could spare anything as little at £1, anything will help and will truly be appreciated.

“Obviously this is a sad time for the family and the last thing they need to be worrying about is money for their mum’s funeral. I understand everyone is in a tight spot in this Covid situation, so even if you could share this gofundme that would be extremely helpful.”

Dominic’s gofundme page for Diane can be found here.

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