From diagnosis to death in a fortnight - Sheffield family's fundraising campaign in memory of tragic dad

Dan was a big music fan.
Dan was a big music fan.

A trio of fundraising events have been organised in memory of a devoted dad who died just two weeks after being diagnosed with a killer condition.

Devastated relatives are still coming to terms with the loss of popular Dan Hallam who was struck down with sepsis at Christmas and died aged just 43.

Dan Hallam.

Dan Hallam.

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Heartbroken family members are now hosting charity events at two music festivals and taking part in a sponsored bike ride for a charity that funds research into the killer condition.

Dan's cousin Charissa Newsome, aged 41, has vowed to get on her bike and complete the 54 mile London to Brighton charity ride in September next year.

The mum-of-two, of Wincobank, said: "Dan taught me how to ride a bike so this is something very close to my heart.

"I have been thinking about those memories a lot recently and I'm sure it will be emotional on the day but we want to keep Dan's memory alive.

Dan loved music festivals.

Dan loved music festivals.

"Dan was very popular so hopefully I will get some support. Hopefully we can raise about £10, 000."

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Family and friends have also been involved with organising two music events as Dan was a huge live music fan.

BritFest 2018 will take place at the Britannia Inn at Tupton in Chesterfield on Saturday, June 30, from 2pm.

There will be live music, a charity raffle and collection buckets.

Plans are also underway to hold 'Danlines' at The Fat Cat in Kelham Island on the same weekend as the Tramlines Festival from July 20 to 22.

This will again feature live music, a raffle and collections.

Proceeds will go to the Sepsis Trust.

Charissa said the family is still coming to terms with Dan's death.

She said: "It was such a shock and there was no way to prepare for what happened.

"Everyone has good days and bad days."

She previously told how Dan thought he was coming down with the flu as he opened presents with his young daughter, Joy, on Christmas Day.

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His condition worsened and by Boxing Day he was in hospital fighting for life after being diagnosed with sepsis.

The blood poisoning disease spread throughout his body and a medical team later had to amputate both his legs.

Just two weeks after being diagnosed the Beighton electrician - described as a 'million in one bloke' by relatives - was dead.

To donate to the Sepsis Trust in Dan's memory visit