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Angela's sepsis battle inspires Moira club's fund-raising effort

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 29, 2014

By Rich Guttridge

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IT was a remarkable sight.

Regulars at Moira Miners' Welfare Club were unsure if they would ever see their friend Angela Yates return to play bingo.

Most weeks, the mum-of-five from Hartshorne would religiously take her seat at the club to take part in the keenly contested sessions.

But that all changed when her world was turned upside down earlier this year after she was struck down with sepsis.

The potentially life-threatening condition, which is triggered by an infection, led to Mrs Yates having both of her hands and feet amputated.

But despite going through the most traumatic period in her life, nothing would keep her away from bingo.

So, just four months after she was last seen at the club, there she was, back playing among her friends, with her family having fashioned a dabber into her bandages.

Her story has had a huge impact on bosses at Moira Miners' Welfare Club, in Bath Lane, who have now decided to embark on a fund-raising drive.

Club trustee Rob Wale has set a target of collecting £7,000 to help pay for a top-of-the-range prosthetic hand.

He said: "She is a woman who, even in the situation she is in, is always happy and smiling.

"The willpower she must have is incredible. She also has a dedicated family helping her.

"I think we should all do anything we can to help her."

The campaign has got off to a good start, with £800 having already been raised from just two events.

And Mr Wale is confident the total will keep on rising.

He said: "I've never taken anything on like this before, but when people hear her story and see she's got eight-year-old twin boys, I'm sure it will come on leaps and bounds."

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