A HUDDERSFIELD store helped to pay for a concert held in memory of tragic mother Angharad Matthews.
Computer store PC World, on Leeds Road, held collections in the shop and raised £1,000 towards the cost of hosting the concert in Huddersfield Town Hall on October 7.
The concert was organised by family and friends of Mrs Matthews, from Skelmanthorpe, who died in October last year after giving birth to daughter Flora, who died 24 hours after her mother.
Mrs Matthews, 29, had suffered from the disease lupus for 10 years and the concert was also held to raise money for the Lupus Awareness charity.
Lupus is an auto-immune disease that can affect virtually any system in the body. The body attacks its own cells and tissues, causing inflammation, pain and organ damage.
About 50,000 people across the UK suffer from lupus — and 90% of them are women.
Mrs Matthews had been treated at Leeds General Infirmary for her condition for years, after being diagnosed while doing her A-levels at Greenhead College.
She had been ill with kidney problems during her pregnancy with Flora and, at 26 weeks, doctors at LGI decided a Caesarean section was needed because the baby’s heart was having to work too hard.
Although the operation seemed to go well Mrs Matthew’s condition worsened and she died of heart failure. Flora, who weighed just 1lb, battled on for a further 24 hours, but also lost her life.
Mrs Matthews was a music lover and sang and played percussion. She often used her music to raise money and awareness for lupus charities.
So her parents, Catherine and Len Williams, husband Ian and her friends thought a concert was a fitting tribute.
Mrs Matthews’s four-year-old son Charlie sang at the event, which raised around £8,000 for Lupus Awareness.