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County Durham family walk 5 miles to repatriate mum

By Kris Jepson

The family of County Durham mother of three Donna Proudfoot have walked five miles in Bishop Auckland to raise funds to pay for her repatriation and funeral costs.

Mrs Proudfoot was taken ill during a holiday in Benidorm to celebrate her 50th birthday.

She suffered a bleed on the brain and was put into an induced coma, but passed away on Tuesday with her husband, John, by her side.

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Mrs Proudfoot, who was known and loved for her community work, was not insured. Her treatment was covered by her European Health Insurance Card, but today the community pulled together to raise money by walking from Bishop Auckland Market Place to the West Auckland Working Men's Club.

Words can't describe how grateful our family is for what the community has done for us. It's costing a lot of money to bring her back home, because she wasn't insured when she went on holiday. She just went on the E111 card, which would only cover her for 11 weeks. So everybody has come together now to bring our mother home, for her family.

– Jonathan Hubery, Donna Proudfoot's son
March for Donna Credit: ITV News

Paying tribute to his mum, Dylan Curtis said this week has been tough.

I've cried every morning, thinking about it and till this day I'm a nervous wreck. My mum was the best woman in the world. She'd do anything for you, she's got the sweetest heart. I'd do anything to get her back now.

– Dylan Curtis, Donna Proudfoot's son
Donna and John Proudfoot Credit: Family photo