‘Fun-loving’ hairdresser, 27, dies weeks after falling ill on camping trip
A “fun-loving” 27-year-old hairdresser died weeks after falling ill on a camping trip with her partner.
Marsha Heslop from Bedlington, Northumberland, had just been reunited with her partner Owen after seven months apart due to his army duties in Cyprus.
They embarked on a wild camping holiday to the North of Scotland when Marsha suddenly became unwell.
She spent four weeks in hospital before she sadly died on November 21.
Her death has sent shockwaves through the community.
A fun-loving and kind soul, those who knew her best say life will simply never be the same again.
“I just adored her. I would have done anything for her,” said her heartbroken partner Owen Pringle, 28.
The couple had been together for three years. Owen, a soldier, had planned on marrying her in 2021.
“I really would have done anything for her as she was so special,” he added.
“I believe she was put on this planet to change the life of everyone and anyone around her.”
The pair were on a wild camping holiday in the North of Scotland when Marsha suddenly became unwell.
After being checked out at a local hospital, doctors in Scotland allegedly attributed the reaction to an allergy and she was discharged.
But Owen knew Marsha wasn’t herself, and decided to drive eight hours home to the North East and the family decided to take Marsha to hospital as there were no signs of improvement.
Shortly after arriving at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), she was placed in an induced coma.
A raft of tests failed to identify the cause and after four weeks of battling, Marsha tragically died.
Her close-knit family are still no clearer as to what caused her death.
Since her tragic passing, thousands have been raised to support those who helped Marsha in her final days.
In particular, the intensive care staff on Ward 18 of the hospital who “went above and beyond” to try and save her.
As a thank you, loved ones are trying to raise £12,000 via GoFundMe for what her family said was the “compassionate, professional, dedicated, warm-hearted, dignified and gracious care” she received throughout.
Within a day, over £2,000 was raised which Owen said was testament to just how much Marsha was loved – not least by her family.
“Marsha was a beautiful, stunning, young girl full of life with a bubbly personality,” they said in a statement.
“She was always smiling; funny and caring she had a radiance and a presence about her wherever she went. She was one of a kind.”
Heartfelt tributes were also left on the GoFundMe page from those who described Marsha as a “beautiful person inside and out”.
Another wrote that she had a “smile that would light up the room” while one added that Marsha was simply “one of a kind”.
The tributes come after her funeral, as Westlea Cemetery, last Friday.
On the way to be the cemetery, Marsha’s coffin passed the Lounge Hair and Beauty salon, her aunt’s business, where she had worked since she was a teenager and was “loved by all”.
Following the funeral, further events will take place to try and add to the near £6,000 raised in her memory to date.
The first will see Owen and his army marching along Hadrian’s Wall from Friday, December 18.
The journey, which will take them from the Cumbrian village of Bowness-on-Solway to Wallsend has been called ‘March for Marsha’.