Single mum-of-seven, 34, dies suddenly leaving her devastated kids searching for answ…


A mum-of-seven died in her sleep suddenly leaving her devastated children searching for answers.

Laura Hogg, 34, was fit and healthy and was close to achieving her dream of becoming a qualified counsellor when she tragically died in her sleep.

The single mum, originally from Church Gresley, had recently moved to Skegness to start a new life near mum Jane, 60, when she died.

Her family have told StaffordshireLive Laura’s post-mortem came back inconclusive. And with her inquest yet to be opened, they now face an excruciating wait for answers.

Cousin Kayleigh Afzal, who went to  Swadlincote’s Pingle high school  with Laura, said: “She was such a warm, kind, funny person and a great, great mum – she adored her children.

“I was just absolutely stunned and heartbroken when I found out what had happened.

“I thought of those poor kids straight away – they must’ve been in the house when it happened. She’d been a full-time mum since she was 17, but was so close to getting qualified and having her life as she’d always wanted it; she wanted to give the kids a new lease of life on the coast.

Laura with one of her children

“One of her friends found her at her home in Skegness and called an ambulance, but she’d already died by the time they arrived.

“Jane was back here seeing family when it happened and she’s now had to move back here. She can’t face going back to Skegness after what’s happened.

“We haven’t been told anything yet about how she died and that’s so hard, especially for the children.”

Laura’s death on January 22 came nearly 25 years after dad Russell died at the same age.

She leaves behind siblings Tom, 40; James, 35; and Emma, 33.

Now mum-of-five Kayleigh is running 5km every day to raise money for the children, who are aged between three and 14.

The 32-year-old Swadlincote community nurse said: “Laura was always the life and soul of the party and I’d never seen her sad.

“She had so many friends and was so close to her mum; she always had time for everyone and was so chatty.

“Laura just loved to talk to people and understand them – that’s why she would’ve made such an amazing counsellor.

“She didn’t have life insurance and I just want to raise enough money to help the children and to send them on a nice holiday.”

Anyone who wants to donate to Kayleigh’s cause can do so  by clicking here.

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