Family in shock at mum’s death

Dawn Pollard, who recently died, pictured with her family, Lucy, Jessica and Neil.
Dawn Pollard, who recently died, pictured with her family, Lucy, Jessica and Neil.

FRIENDS and relatives of Rastrick nurse Dawn Pollard, who has died at the age of 45, have paid tribute to the ‘dedicated and kind’ wife and mum.

Dawn’s family is struggling to come to terms with her death of an internal haemorrhage on Friday night.

Her mum Gloria Pulfer said: “Dawn took care of her health, she ate her five-a-day, she swam and did aerobics - it just doesn’t make sense to us.”

Dawn was taken ill in her sleep and died at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary despite the determined efforts of medical staff to save her. Her death has devastated her family who said she would be always be missed.

A former pupil at St Chad’s J & I School, Hove Edge, and the former Brighouse Girls’ Grammar School, Dawn, of Foxcroft Drive, Rastrick, started nursing at the age of 16. She trained at the former Halifax General Hospital and had worked at Church Lane Surgery since January 2004 as a practice nurse.

Dawn’s husband Neil said: “She loved her job and she had time for everyone. Whenever we were out in Brighouse she would see people she knew and would always stop to talk to them.”

Dawn was mum to Lisa, aged 26, Jessica, 19, and 17-year-old Lucy and grandmother to three-year-old Millie.

“We had all just had a lovely few days at Centre Parcs for half-term and I’m so glad we have such happy memories of all of us being together,” said Mrs Pulfer.

“I spoke to Dawn every day and her death will leave a huge gap. We are a very close family but it won’t be the same without Dawn.”

The cause of death was given as a gastro-intestinal haemorrhage. “It’s very unusual and at first the doctors didn’t know what was wrong with her. But they didn’t give up and did everything they could to save her,” said Mr Pollard.

Jeanette Hellowell, business manager at Church Lane Surgery, said on behalf of the practice: “ Dawn was a much valued member of the practice team and was very popular with patients.

“We are all devastated by this sudden, tragic loss and our thoughts are with her family and friends. She will be sorely missed by all.”

The funeral will be held at St Matthew’s Church, Rastrick, on Wednesday, November 7 at 1.15pm followed by cremation at Huddersfield Crematorium.