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Fund-raising for Lawshall sepsis survivor Pam Driscoll hits £25,000 as raffle is launched

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Fund-raising to help a Lawshall 'mum-in-a-million' to recover from life-threatening sepsis is halfway to a £50,000 target – but it is hoped a raffle could boost the total further.

Grandmother Pam Driscoll, 52, an assistant at Sainsbury's petrol station, in Bury St Edmunds, was left fighting for her life after a suspected sinus infection resulted in Pneumococcal Septicaemia, with sepsis ravaging her body.

After falling ill with flu-type symptoms on April 10 Pam was admitted to West Suffolk Hospital the following day and put into an induced coma, but – with blisters on her arms, hands and legs – was transferred to Broomfield Hospital, in Chelmsford, on April 29 for specialist skin care and extensive skin grafts.

Pam Driscoll with third grandchild Ida
Pam Driscoll with third grandchild Ida

On May 10, both legs were amputated below the knee and she has since lost all the fingers on her left hand.

Her daughter Rosie, of West Row, said her mum had been 'brave and strong' throughout the 'horrific nightmare'.

"Mum is as okay as can be. Everything is going in the right direction. She has had many skin grafts and it's a case of getting her skin under control and healing now, but it's all moving forward," said Rosie.

Rosie and Pam Driscoll
Rosie and Pam Driscoll

"She did have a bit of a down day this week but that's to be expected, especially now they are trying to wean her off some of the pain relief. But she's still very positive."

It was Pam and husband Sean's 32nd wedding anniversary on June 9 and her 52nd birthday on June 16, with family members able to visit her for the occasions.

"She got to see all of us, which was great," said Rosie.

Pam and Sean Driscoll
Pam and Sean Driscoll

Rosie said Pam would remain in hospital for the 'foreseeable future', with all funds raised going towards helping her during her long-term recovery process.

Once she returns to her Lawshall bungalow it would need to be adapted and have a wet room installed, while the family would need a different car and Pam would need a mobility scooter, physiotherapy and prosthetic limbs.

Now, a midsummer raffle with more than 60 prizes has been launched with all funds raised being added to the Go Fund Me total, which currently stands at just over £25,000 of the £50,000 target.

"This is all to help mum in the future," said Rosie.

There has already been a good response to the raffle but it is hoped hundreds more raffle entries will be sold ahead of the draw, which will be held live on Facebook at 7pm on July 17.

"There has been lots of interest and there's such a great range of prizes – there's something for everyone.

"The response from businesses donating prizes has been amazing and some are very generous.

"There have also been so many people who have sent mum messages saying lovely things," added Rosie.

Raffle prizes include: £50 Nethergate Wine voucher; £40 Crystal Clear Beauty Clinic voucher; £100 Stormafit voucher; £65 voucher Rising High balloons, a night's stay at Hill House Farm, in Cavendish; £300 Bondi Sands tanning and skincare products and many more.

Buy tickets – £5 per entry – via PayPal pamspeople22@gmail.com, leaving your name, address, number of entries, email address and telephone number in the 'add a message' box on PayPal.

To donate to the Go Fund Me campaign, go to https://bit.ly/3tQNmrN