Mum dies in Christmas Day tragedy

By David Newble

Friday, January 2, 2009


Mum dies in Christmas Day tragedy

Aiden and Tara Hallam on their wedding day.

A YOUNG mum of four died on Christmas Day — just three weeks after her husband was rushed to hospital with swelling to the brain.

Tributes have been paid to Tara Hallam, 36, from Westmill Road, Newport, who is thought to have had a fit in the early hours of Christmas morning.

Her 17-year-old son, Lewis, attempted to give Mrs Hallam, an operational support clerk at Camp Hill Prison, CPR after she was discovered by her 12-year-old daughter, Rosie.

Mrs Hallam leaves two other young children, Chandler, four, and Tia, six, her husband Aiden, as well as her mum, Carol, and two sisters reeling from the tragedy.

Just three weeks before, Tara had raised the alarm when husband Aiden was taken to St Mary’s Hospital, Newport, suffering from what doctors believe was encephaloma.

He was discharged from hospital this week and family members and friends have rallied round to give the children what comfort they can.

Mrs Hallam lived on the Island all her life and attended Haylands Primary, Swanmore Middle and Ryde High schools.

When she was younger, she was an accomplished horsewoman.

Her husband has been told of the tragedy, although he remains in a confused state because of his illness.

Mrs Hallam’s sister, Amy Eldridge, who also works at Camp Hill, said: “She had only begun her job last year. She was bringing up her family before that.

“She used to be a keen rider when she was young and was very good. It still does not seem real at the moment.

“We told the younger children on Monday because we wanted them to have Christmas. Rosie has been a saint and Lewis has been good. They have been so mature for their ages.

“Tara’s friends have also been just fantastic.”


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