Tributes have been paid to a community volunteer from Greater Manchester who died just days after developing Covid-19 symptoms

Linda Tuppen began complaining of a chest infection on Monday,March 23, but her symptoms escalated and she died last Saturday.

The 66 year old was a former teacher and nursery nurse and was well known as the vice chairman of Astley Bridge Neighbourhood Watch.

Linda had been caring for her son Rob, who contracted Covid-19 after returning from Krakow earlier in the month, before falling ill herself.

Linda with her eldest son Rob Credit: MEN Media

“It’s devastating, we lost our father in 2008, so we’re pretty much on our own now.

Rob Tuppen

Linda’s youngest son James, 23, was admitted to hospital with coronavirus on Sunday, where he remains.

Rob revealed his mother had suffered with asthma before she passed away.

Linda with her son James Credit: MEN Media

"This is serious. This is not a joke, this could happen to anyone.

Rob Tuppen

A fundraising page has been set up to help Rob and James.