A DEVASTATED family has paid tribute to a “funny and loving” 25-year-old city woman after she died suddenly after an epileptic fit.
Kay Allen, of Albany Walk, Woodston, died in Peterborough District Hospital on September 21 with her family and fiance Glenn Waters by her side, a week after she stopped breathing during a seizure.
Now her distraught family hopes to use donations given in her memory at her funeral on Friday, October 8, to buy Kay’s four-year-old niece Demi, who also suffers from epilepsy, a special bed alarm which can alert her parents if she stops breathing and prevent tragedy striking again.
Creative Kay, who worked in the Laura Ashley store at The Bretton Centre, died as a result of a rare condition known as Sudden Unexpected Death In Epilepsy (SUDEP). Paying tribute to her sister, Leslie Allen (27) said they wanted to raise awareness about the condition as it would be something her family-orientated, kind-hearted sibling, who has two brothers and three other sisters, would have wanted.
She said: “Kay had epilepsy from the age of 16 but this fit was different to the normal ones and came completely out of the blue.
“The best way to describe Kay was she was always making and creating things and found inspiration everywhere. For instance, if she saw a cloud she would go home and paint it.
“Even now we all keep saying Kay would know what to do with all the flowers that have arrived for her as she was the person everyone always turned to.
“She was also a real home-body and always drinking tea and would moan if there wasn’t one in her hand within a minute of her arrival.
“We have had so many people contact us in the last week which shows how popular and kind she was.”
Kay had not set a date for her wedding to Glenn, who she met while they both worked at Woolworths in Peterborough as teenagers.
She attended St John’s Primary School and Bushfield Community College before starting work.
Kay’s mother, Pauline Corley, said the close-knit family were still trying to come to terms with the loss of Kay.
She said: “If I could describe Kay it would be ‘my funny and loving daughter’.
“She was really creative and we really relied on her for things like weddings and funerals and other big occasions so her name is still the first that pops into your head,
“She packed a lot in during her 25 years but who knows what she might have done in the next 25.”
Her funeral is on Friday, October 8, at 1pm at Peterborough Crematorium. Flowers and donations may be sent via The Co-operative Chapel of Rest, in Fitzwilliam Street, Peterborough.