Tragic asthma death of ‘bubbly’ girl

Chloe Passmore.
Chloe Passmore.

There is a framed montage of photographs of One Direction in Wendy Passmore’s living room.

Her daughter Chloe was a huge fan of the boy band and Wendy is preparing to hang the photos permanently on her bedroom wall.

This year, Wendy and her family will go and see One Direction in concert as Chloe’s Christmas present.

But Wendy is devastated that her youngest daughter won’t be there herself to watch her heroes.

Last March, 12-year-old Chloe collapsed at the family home at Barley Cop Lane, Lancaster and later died in hospital after a massive asthma attack.

The loss of her beautiful daughter has left a gaping hole in the lives of Wendy and her family.

“Chloe was really active, that’s why I can’t get my head round (what happened),” said Wendy.

“Although she was only little, she was quite adventurous. She liked going on the big rides at Blackpool Pleasure Beach and going to the Sandcastle swimming centre, and she liked horse riding.”

Wendy said her three other children; Emma, Calam and Harley, have been a source of great strength for her.

“Calam tries to be the man of the house.

“He won’t say anything about Chloe for fear it might upset me.

“Emma is taking it very badly. Harley will talk about her a lot, saying: ‘Do you remember when Chloe did this?’”

A large framed photo of Chloe also hangs in Wendy’s living room, directly above the One Direction pictures.

“This is my favourite photo of Chloe.

“I didn’t realise what a pretty girl she was. She was just messing about with a friend and some make-up.

“She was outgoing and bubbly and chatty.”

Wendy is also thankful for the outpouring of well-wishes she and her family have received since Chloe died.

Chloe was a pupil at Our Lady’s Catholic College, and Wendy said head teacher Brendan Conboy and his staff have been “brilliant”.

“She liked school. I didn’t realise how popular she was.

“There were hundreds at her funeral, more or less the whole of Our Lady’s and other schools too.

“I’d like to thank everybody for their help and support.

“I’d also like to thank my neighbour Edie Carradice, who helped me (on the day Chloe died) until the ambulance came.”