From that day on Fawn’s life was to change for­ever

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY CARLA JENK­INS BY STEWART PATER­SON

AFAMILY has raised more than £40,000 to fund re­search into sep­sis af­ter the death of a Glas­gow mother-of-two. Fawn Find­lay was 31 when she died in Septem­ber last year, leav­ing be­hind hus­band Gareth and sons Shaw, 6, and Gary, 4.

Fawn passed away af­ter on­go­ing is­sues she con­tracted af­ter a cyst re­moval be­came sep­tic.

She had moved into her new home in Barged­die just over two weeks be­fore the tragedy.

Her sis­ter, Fal­lon Cow­ley, said Fawn’s life changed dra­mat­i­cally af­ter she con­tracted the con­di­tion.

“From that day on Fawn’s life was to change for­ever,” said Fal­lon. “The sep­sis trig­gered off re­ac­tive arthri­tis which caused her to lose her mo­bil­ity and she was un­able to walk for sev­eral months.

“This then to lead to rheuma­toid arthri­tis two years later which af­fected her im­mune sys­tem, caus­ing her to catch nu­mer­ous in­fec­tions, in­clud­ing vi­ral menin­gi­tis twice. There later fol­lowed is­sues with her gall blad­der and bile duct which left her only able to eat lim­ited foods.”

Sep­sis kills an es­ti­mated 52,000 peo­ple in the UK ev­ery year, of whom more than 4000 are in Scot­land. More peo­ple die from sep­sis than the com­bined fig­ure for breast can­cer and bowel can­cer, and many vic­tims who sur­vive can suf­fer life-chang­ing con­se­quences, in­clud­ing the loss of limbs.

Fawn orig­i­nally planned to raise aware­ness and funds for sep­sis her­self, but it was af­ter her pass­ing that her sis­ter, Fal­lon, de­cided to re­alise her am­bi­tion. She has since been able to raise al­most £41,000 for Sep­sis Re­search.

Fal­lon or­gan­ised a ball in me­mory of her sis­ter, and do­nated the money to Sep­sis Re­search in her me­mory to help raise aware­ness and fund more re­search into bet­ter ways to treat the ill­ness.

“We are de­lighted to have hosted such a fan­tas­tic event in me­mory of my sis­ter, Fawn, whilst rais­ing aware­ness and monies for Sep­sis Re­search,” said Fal­lon.

“This is some­thing my sis­ter had planned to do in 2019, so I’m pleased we have been able to ful­fil her wishes.”

Fal­lon was helped by fam­ily friend San­dra Vaughan and her team at Fake­bake UK to or­gan­ise the ball, which was held at the Grand Cen­tral Ho­tel in Oc­to­ber. The ball raised a stag­ger­ing £40,805 for Sep­sis Re­search.

Colin Gra­ham, Sep­sis Re­search chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer, added: “This is a very gen­er­ous do­na­tion and a mag­nif­i­cent way for Fal­lon to re­mem­ber her sis­ter.

“This is a truly re­mark­able sum and we are enor­mously grate­ful for this ex­tra­or­di­nary boost to our char­ity. The money will be used to help us fund vi­tal re­search be­ing car­ried out at the glob­ally renowned Roslin In­sti­tute in Ed­in­burgh aimed at find­ing bet­ter treat­ment and medicines for sep­sis.

“I would to thank the Fawn Find­lay Foun­da­tion for rais­ing the high­est do­na­tion we have ever re­ceived and thank them for their con­tin­u­ing sup­port.”

NICOLA Stur­geon was met with protesters from the St Rol­lox Ca­ley rail works on a fi­nal elec­tion cam­paign visit in Spring­burn. The First Min­is­ter was in the Glas­gow North East con­stituency to sup­port SNP can­di­date Anne McLaugh­lin yes­ter­day.

A group from Unite greeted her with a Rally Roon the Ca­ley ban­ner stat­ing “200 jobs sac­ri­ficed by the SNP”.

Stur­geon stopped and lis­tened to the cam­paign­ers and ex­plained her gov­ern­ment’s po­si­tion.

Les Ash­ton, for­mer Ca­ley shop stew­ard, asked why the de­pot was al­lowed to close when oth­ers like Fer­gu­son’s Ship­yard were saved.

Stur­geon said: “I know you dis­agree but where it is pos­si­ble for us to do these things our record shows we do it. In your shoes I would feel as strongly as you do, but I don’t want you to think we didn’t look se­ri­ously at it, be­cause we did.”

She was then asked by a man about drug deaths in Glas­gow.

David Steven asked: “What is the SNP do­ing about drug deaths in Scot­land and es­pe­cially in this com­mu­nity?”

Last week around 300 peo­ple, in­clud­ing McLaugh­lin and Labour can­di­date Paul Sweeney, with oth­ers in­clud­ing Tory MSP An­nie Wells and coun­cil­lor Thomas Kerr, at­tended a can­dlelit pro­ces­sion to re­mem­ber the peo­ple who died from drugs in 2018.

Stur­geon re­sponded by say­ing more money has been put into re­hab and said it needs to be treated as a pub­lic health is­sue.

She was asked how many peo­ple died last year – she replied 1127.

Stur­geon said: “What­ever the statis­tics were, they were too high.”

Steven replied: “You might want to look at those statis­tics again.”

The ac­tual num­ber in 2018 was 1187.

As she boarded the cam­paign bus to head to Gor­bals for the fi­nal cam­paign event, Stur­geon said: “SNP MPs will make Glas­gow’s voice heard at West­min­ster.

“In Glas­gow the Tories can’t win and Labour aren’t strong enough to stand up to the Tories.”

Ear­lier, Jeremy Cor­byn kicked off the fi­nal day of elec­tion cam­paign­ing in Glas­gow urg­ing peo­ple to vote Labour to end aus­ter­ity and tackle poverty.

The Labour leader started his whis­tle-stop tour of Great Bri­tain in Go­van early in the morn­ing.

Mr Cor­byn told the crowd of

Fal­lon Cow­ley with sis­ter Fawn Find­lay

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