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School helper has fatal heart attack
“SHE was very lovely and caring, and that wasn’t to us, it was to everyone. She was always there for everyone.”
Those were the words 19-year-old Ciaran Alstowe used to described his mum Louise, who died from a heart attack last month.
The 45-year-old popular teaching assistant, who worked at St Bartholomews Primary School in Royal Wootton Bassett, fell ill after returning from the gym to her Tinkers Field home on the morning of August 25.
Her youngest son, Niall, 16, who attends the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy 6th form, raised the alarm and paramedics decided the mother-of-two needed to be transfered to Frenchay Hospital to be seen be heart specialists. Sadly, she passed away later that afternoon.
Louise leaves behind husband David and sons Ciaran, 19, and Niall.
David, 49, said the couple met when they were teenagers. “Louise was a friend to everybody and she found it very easy to talk,” said the lorry driver for Combined Scaffolding, who is also head coach for the Otter swimming club.
“She just wanted to make difference, which is why she loved being a teaching assistant. She just wanted them to achieve the best they could to get the best out of themselves.
“Louise planned everything and she controlled everything and that’s why I’m struggling now. That’s what makes it so hard.
“She was a special special person.”
Following her death the family have been overwhelmed by the number of people offering cards and condolences to the family.
Ciaran, who is studying sports performance at Bath University, said: “We’re starting to realise that there are so many people that we don’t know that she influenced or helped.
“A lot of kids and parents are very upset about the news, and they are thinking about closing the school on the day of the funeral so people who want to go along can.
“I think it shows the enormity of what she meant for people. There have been people bringing around dinners for me and my dad and my little brother. It makes you proud because it shows that she was loved.”
The funeral will take place at 1.30pm on Tuesday, September 17, at St Bartholomew’s Church, in Royal Wootton Bassett.
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